Thanks all for the replies.
I stopped receiving email
notifications after the forth post. I didn't know the crowd was still posting
Pblais, S/V Jedi, silverp40 and the rest excellent points.
I have experience on 47 foot motor
life boats in extreme heavy weather
i.e. 20-30 breaking surf. The hull
is constructed of marine
between 3/16 to 1/2 inch. More important may be the frame spacing. The boats have been abused for over 10 years. The aluminum
plating has been made concave inbetween the frames and longitudinals (it reminds me of a sagging bimini
with rain collected on top)
I have seen pictures of 47s high and dry on rocks and coming out fine (spade rudders hella stout stocks and reenforcing in the hull
, but spade non the less)
I say all this because it would be like stepping out of an armored truck and getting in a old sports car.
The challenger 32 seems to be a fine boat, I sailed it down from the Puget Sound
across the Columbia
river. I encountered stustained 25knot winds from the South(even though the forcast call it out of the NW, of course) I made less than 3 knots motoring into the 4-6 foot chop. When I put the engine
in neutral and made my rounds of the engine
compartment I would come back to the wheel
and behold, the boat turned itself around and was crusing down swell at between 5 and 6 knots bare poles.
When I was coming across the bar there was a 4 foot 16 second swell, I was able to surf her to 10.1 knots.
Opps, to much sea-story time...back to my old sports car bit...I have no idea how much punishment a challenger 32 can take. I bought it because it had a fin keel/skeg combo and a flat bottom, you know the speed/strength combo. But I really can't say how much she will take.
I have seen the 47mlb take waves, I know what it can do.
I guess what I'm getting at is sea stories. How big of seas/winds have you been in. Have you been pooped, broached, taken sea breaks(god forbid, real breaks).
Tell me about the boat, construction, techniques...etc...
how did the boat come out? Better than this guy I hope...