Hi Steven. I've discussed many times what boat to build with my brother who sailed a Prout for three years, and set up manufacturing in SA under licence.
First - he was totally committed to the rear set mast
on the Prouts, and, by the way, Ron Underwood, ex MD at Prout and now at BroadBlue
, has re-introduced that system for the BB385. Benefits are thoroughly explained elsewhere.
2 - Forward cockpit
sounds good but in the forties it will be untenable. Fit a decent Autopilot
with a handheld remote
control and your cockpit is where you choose to sit, indoors when it's not too nice, outdoors with you crew when the sun shines.
3 - Only the bit behind the mast
is comfortable in rougher seas. Berths in the bows are for marina's only.
4 - That size of boat needs rear doors in a hull for access from the sea with a fresh water
5 - Try and set the main berths transverse with room to pass comfortably from the back door to saloon
6 - The Stay sail should be permanent on that size of boat. It's the last sail working as winds rise and gives steerage way until it's time to take that down too. Thats a heavy sail cloth so maybe a lighter one too and consider how you'll take it down, reef it, as the weather
7 - Set a goal post frame across the stern to carry the tail of the boom, the dinghy
, the clutter that's normally goes on the mast AND rear stays. By spreading them wide the mast can be much more rigidly supported, keeping forestay tension is a problem when sailing hard.
8 - Keep putting your latest thoughts forward, there's a wealth of experience from people who have actually done it. I haven't yet and I salute you for trying.