I'm probably the WRONG person to ask about this boat. We chartered one in Belize
. Frankly, we ALL hated the boat. But, I'm a monohull
guy. Here are my thoughts on THIS boat - and they are not just mono vs. multi:
is not at all comfortable. It's huge, you can have a small dance in it, but there are no comfortable seats. On top of that, the huge salon
blocks all of the wind
(ventilation), and all of the view while traveling.
table was poorly built. The seating covers storage
, and we were all the time "falling in" to the storage
The fridge/freezer are rather small for this size boat.
If you are "big", you'll struggle with the head
seating. I'm not, but my buddy is.
The moron who designed the windlass/chain locker should be shot. Seriously. The windlass
dumps into a pile in the giant chain locker, and you have to stop the windlass
periodically and kick the pile over. Otherwise the chain builds up and locks up the windlass. Stupid.
Loaded up, it's slow. Kind of typical of many cats, but if you are going to take a lot with you, it will definately impact the sailing.
The thru hulls are many, and were installed shotgun style. I told the charter
company they needed a map. They also clogged with weed ALL THE TIME. Again, I don't know if this is normal for cats. Unclogging strainers was a daily chore.
For this size boat, the bunks aren't great. OK, but not great. The charter
version has quarters for 10. For a couple, this is kind of wasted...
access is poor. You end up pretty much in a ball on top of the engines. This may also be a mono/cat thing.
Seating outside of the cockpit
, is pretty much non-existant. The tramps look great in the photos. In real life, not so good. Sorry, I think that was a cat/mono thing. My mistake.
Sail handling was great. Easy to work, etc. Boat was reasonably quick under power and sail, as long as we weren't going to weather
We weren't in much wave action, so I can't comment on the bridge deck
Handling under power was just plain great. But, that's a cat/mono thing too!
These folks have one, and have it in charter in Belize
. Contact them, and I'm sure they will clue you in to what they like/don't like. They've sailed it a lot. I'd also recommend a charter - and you can charter from them directly, and save vs TMM, who is their charter company. He's a great guy.
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P.S. Come see us and we can talk further. Also get the Admiral's opinion.