I feel like I've been answered by a celebrity--I've been drooling over your fiberglass
production Tikis for ages. The R33 is a very narrow boat, and the heeling, combined with the fin keel
, made her difficult to self-steer in any kind of seas. There was also very little deck space on the R33, with inboard shrouds, and it made it so living outdoors (the way one wants to in the Bahamas
, say) was a bit difficult.
I loved my R33, though. I would have kept her--and lived aboard--till the day I died if things hadn't started falling apart and priorities changed, etc, the way things do on a boat.
What about heavy weather performance in the T30? How long is the longest you've lived aboard a T30? What about the longest you've been at sea, in bluewater, on an overnight passage
? Or if you have people you've sold T30s to who have crossed oceans, I'd love to be in touch with them.
Clearly it's possible. People cross oceans in bathtubs. It's just how brave or how terrified one chooses to be.
You don't happen to have any experience with 41-foot steel
ketches, do you?