Wow, quite a diversity of answers one receives.
My wife and I live on an older Dean 400 in Florida
and have for the past 4 or so years. Prior to that we sailed it from Grenada
in a year that had weather
similar to what this year is shaping up to be, front after front of cold wind
from the NE. I have to agree with the comments of built like a tank. We have crossed the tongue of the ocean in large swells that kept others nestled in at Chub Cay, doing double digits over the ground while eating cereal in the cockpit
quite comfortably. We left the Dominican Republic
a couple days after the earthquake that devastated Haiti
on the same island, 14 foot swells off the starboard all day, a few washed over the starboard bow and cabin
roof and soaked me trying to catch a few winks on the port side of the cockpit
. It is tough and safe, no doubt.
Due to the age of the vessel, we have put a small fortune in a seemingly constant refit
and if I had ever built anything with the type of fit and finish that seems to be acceptable in boat building I would have been ashamed but I think it worthy of it as it keeps us safe and comfortable. When I was looking for a vessel the criteria for me was solid fiberglass
below the water
line, no sandwich, and tons of bridge clearance, this has those and I could afford it. Getting info from anyone regarding what the mast
rake should be or what the tension on the rigging
should be given the moment of the mast
and all that is near impossible so you're pretty much on your own with details.
Any manufacturer pretty much only lays down the solid structure of the vessel and everything else added is made by someone else.
I'd be happy to answer any questions you can come up with regarding this vessel and that I am able to answer. I'm still learning
about it myself.