the only "modernized" searunner
I'm aware of is a SR 40 in Seattle
area that is open wing with a set of Kurt Hughes
designed amas. I really like the SR 37 especially for a family
if you have one built from plans sold after 1978 as John Marples tells me the plans were changed then to reflect the SR 34 main hull
I had written previously on this thread that I felt the Vardo was a modernization of the Searunner concept
. Some didn't agree with that, but anyone that has been on of better yet sailed on my boat
could care less about that and want to buy of build one themselves.
On a side note we were sailing the Indian River just inshore of Cape Canaveral Thanksgiving day. There is no tide or current
in this area, but the wind
was gusting to perhaps 30 knots maybe a bit more. We were generally beam reaching, but I had the mainsail
just a bit overtrimmed as in gust the wind
goes forward as apparent builds.
Long story short, slightly over canvassed; cruising and maybe 60% payload we did 14knots in flat water
. Autopilot steering
playing cards at the saloon
table with my wife. They did poke their heads out anew times to check the speed! Was also towing our new 11' cat dinghy
. Had several bursts into the 12-13 knot
range. Windward hull
was lifting somewhat, but far from flying. As the water
was shallow I was happy to push things somewhat as a recovery would have been easy. But honestly, it seemed very in control.