As has been said, Schionning is a very reputable designer.
You may have difficulties finding a layout you like, since the interiors are custom made. Schionning boats are outfitted to fulfill the original owners desires, so some have galley
up while others have it down, some will have two cabins and other four, the number of heads vary from boat to boat and so on.
Another thing that will vary greatly (as the previous posters pointed out) is build quality. Some are built in Australia
, some in South Africa
, and some in all the places in between. Some are built by people in their back yards. Quality of materials vary greatly, and since it's a "custom" boat, things like rigging
, engines and electrics/plumbing are not the same on two different boats.
I'd recommend having reputable surveyors look at hulls,electronics, engines and rigging
. Depending on the size of your investment, it may be worthwhile to have separate surveyors who all specialize in certain "fields" of construction, so they can take an in-depth look at the boat in question.
In an attempt to summarize, like most boats Schionnings probably have a few "issues", but since no two boats are alike, no two boats will have the same problems. This is why it is extra important to have good surveyors and experienced people at hand on sea trials and so on.
Last but not least, welcome to CF!