Jon, sorry to hear of the loss of Minx but glad to hear that you are alive and well and that all involved can get on with their lives.
Regarding the discussion about the sailing conditions at the time I believe it is best left to the skipper
to share his experiences with us all down the track. No doubt
he is still coming to grips with the emotional side of the events
but the reality of loosing his boat and home.
I was fortunate enough to see Minx getting built and other 380s on the Sunshine Coast. This was one of the reasons I decided to build one. I was fortunate to meet up with three other 380 builders and during our build time we have shared suggestions and become good friends. One of these suggestions, about two years ago was the issue of leaking hatches. This matter was resolved with the fitting of proper hatches, large drains and the access to the engine room from the bridgedeck. It also allowed for the removal
of the engine and saildrive
Regarding the size of the engines, this is a personal choice. I decided to fit Yanmar
3YM30C diesels with 80 amp alternators over the existing Nanni 21hp diesels. Other personal changes have been four diesel tanks
totalling 320 litres with water capacity of 400 litres. I have also decreased the height of the front widows regarding the issue of sunlight. Regarding rig height, I was going to go with the shorter cruising rig but have decided to stay with the standard rig and probably reduce the main sail area by 9 sq metres after discussions with my sailmaker
. Again, a personal choice.
I have sailed on two 380s, the owners having shared their experiences with us previously. Both boats are a joy to sail and have reassuared me that the 380 meets my selection criteria of: safety
, sailing ability, comfort, afforadibility and the ability to get into the many shallow anchorages
along the Queensland