Originally Posted by libellula
Privilege and Broadblue are two really high on my list. Since I will have the opportunity to view each boat extensively in October (including sailing a BB385 back from Annapolis) I would really appreciate some ideas of what to look for in each boat. I hope to sail a Privilege on sailday after the show.Remember, my use for the boat is a circumnavigation
not just dockside liveaboard.
are you looking for new if so privilege dont make a sub 40ft any more so there is a big diferance between 385 and 435 not to mention cost so what is your budget
bb are a nice boat for the money
but i think they are built down to a price
were as priv's are built and then the cost dicktates the price
i found the bb hard to sail single
handed ( dont say your going with someone) as a couple you are on watch on your own. i found the mainsail
track hard to operate and a simple mod would resolve this.
but there is a problem with the reef lines they are camed on the boom and the winch
is in the cockpit
so when i tried to take a reef out i spent 1/2 an hour go to and frow from the boom to the cockpit
realy annoying would not take mutch to sort out with some redesign.
but all the blocks etc seem to be of a poor quality.
also all the string is brought back to one winch
at the base of the mast
this is right next to the helm
and the saloon
door. they market this as convient but i found it annoying as string gets fouled in the helm
seat and controls and string acros the entrance.
i am also a galley
we were in seas of between 3-4 and found it realy hard to brace yourself enough to pour out a cup of tea.
the round hatches are nothing more than junk designed by idiot's fitted by penny pinching fools.
the up side is a very high volume boat and good visability from the saloon
you could stand watch from there, but this does increase the windage fun when moring in windy conditions.
also priv's are a fractional rig and bb's masthead, so this makes a deferance to the layout, motion,and performance.
i know i am bias and have tried to think of some thing that is a problem with the priv's for us we have the 37 and when they streched it to 39 and made it galley up it was a poor design so if you have the money for a 40ft great of i recomend the 37 if you can find someone who will part with it.
enjoy your sail and let me know what you thought.