Hi Admiral Eve,
We' owned our 2001 belize since 2007 and we know the boat pretty well.
Weknesses will be my starting point since there are not too many to list, but here are some we feel would be an improvement:
- the cockpit door leaks
into the saloon
due to the stupid design ov trying to drain the bottom rain into the entry drain in the cockpit. Have not succeded in getting an answer from FP how to fix it. We have now a fixed roof over the cocpit and clears all around so this is no longer an issue.
- you cannot install folding props due to the short distance between thelegs and rudder
, only feathering props can be used unless you go for thefixed ones, which we have.
- the side decks are not sandwich construction, but solid fibreglass, this was a problem for us as the plyfood fastening for the roof liner got saturated with condensation
. I have removed it all completely and installaed Armaflex insulation
and sandwich blocks to screw the roof liners. Theboat is now very nice and condensation
- there are a tremendious amount of opening hatches with alu frames, which is good but really bad for condensation in cold weather
as we have plenty of up here in Scandinavia.
- newer designs have more angled settees which makes for more confertable lounging with you feet up. Every settees in the Belizeare curved and allow for many people to be seated but not as comfy when you are a pair.
- You need to move the port winch
across to starboard so you dont have to move over the cocpit to use the winch
. I have moved it to the helm
position and makes for easy single
- there could have been a separate shower
enclosure but I have installed a rail in the center of the head
preventing splashing down the entire head
As you can see there are not in my opinion too many issues that would make the Belize a no go.
The boat is comfortable to sail and the motion in a seaway is very good. The bridge deck
clearance is adequate preventing slamming.
The Belize is quite quick for a "ocean going caravan" and outperform most mono's even fully laden with cruising gear
One thing I've seen on the various FP models, which Ibelieve is the same for the other competitors is that the older models was much stronger built with no squicking like you will experience in newer models.
The boat is built using vinylester, which do not saturates with water as will polyester.
Sacrificial keels are a benefit and they work! If you hit a reef the keel
will be damaged but there will be no leakage into the boat, hence a great safety
We love our Belize and would only consider another boat if it was a Belize owners version.
Good luck finding your dream boat, for us it became the Belize. We also have owned a FP Athena 38 which is also a nice boat as long as you don't get one of the older ones with the "furry" interior
Happy lead free sailin from Lucky