We wanted a boat that was easy to sail for just the two of us.
A boat that could be comfortable with about 200 miles a day in trade
winds without working too hard. - so on the fast side.
Must have volume so that it can take all the weight of the luxuries we like and still stay on the fast side.
Must offer a flexible design - the forthcoming video will show how we have changed just about every part of the boat to suit our needs.
Must be above all safe with a pedigree from an established boat builder
and be backed by all the owners - I contacted many owners for critical as well as praising comments.
Must be able to dry out with safety
Must offer the space we wanted for extended live aboard.
Must offer reasonable value for money
and have some wow factor.
Basically we accepted compromise from the outset but with the St Francis for example, we could shape the stern beds so that they an element of island beds if we wanted to, we could wow up the appearance- we are doing that. The video will explain a lot detailing what we are doing right throughout the boat and why.