My 31 Prout Quest 1978 vintage has the original Yanmar
15 hp and the original Stillete drive leg. Both are working, the drive leg will be pulled and re-worked at next haul-out.
Does it hobby-horse yes in the right conditions
Can I sail at 10 kts yes in the right conditions ON A GOOD DAY
I can acess the engine and it's componets from the cockpit
and also from a hatch
on the back deck
without getting out of the cockpit.
I am 6' 1" tall and weigh 190# standing in the nacelle there is 5' 11" head
room. But there is no place to go from there except to the saloon
table or to one of te hulls, which have 6'2" head
Pluses on this boat for me are:
the Keys and Bahamas
, yes there is some leeway when goin to weather
, just adjust course accordanly.
Easily sailed single handed
14'3" beam fits into most "note" I said most boat slips.
Designed and built in England
to handle those types of sea conditions.
One of my favorite features is the keels and the rudders are setup to ground on the tides. I have used this many times to clean the bottom and even changed a thru-hull by putting the boat on a sandbar at high tide and doing the work as the tide drops. Work completed water comes back in, back the boat off and go on your way.
This is not the perfect boat for everyone but it fits me and my life as a full time liveaboard
I have been in 55 plus kts solo and never felt in danger
in anyway, I actually felt safer than in my previous full keeled 33' mono.
Would I like a bigger boat.... maybe ,but not much bigger and I really like the way this boat is rigged. Never get out of the cockpit
Not the fastest and not the newest. I am the 4th owner of this boat and it has sailed from Euroupe to South America
and uo to south Florida
where I bought it. I bought it in Mia. and spent 2 days on the boat sorting things out and changng filters and on the 3rd day set sail to KW. Most of the time there was no wind
and I motored... engine never even hic-uped and all sails
worked well. Even got tail slapped by Hurricane
Irene and never felt in any danger
Everyone looks and looks at boats and makes their picks. There are many boats out there and each is an individual pick, kinda like what car or truck do you drive.
Bottom line I would go blue water with this vessel in comfort and safety