I've replied to your private e-mail, but I'll repost here in case someone else is interested in this.
Shanty is a Lynaes 29. So far she's been a great boat. Me and a friend bought her really cheap
(10,000€) in Southern Spain in 2009 and sailed it back across Mediterranean
to Northern Adriatic
, and she performed admirably. We have had it out of the water
for a while now, rebuilding teak
decks, re-sealing deck gear
and fixing some other bits and ends. The hull
seems to be well built and she doesn't have much blistering (for a 30 year old boat). There are a few blisters
less than 1 mm across, but this is no problem. However, the bad part was the rudder
- it had a huge osmosis
problem. I took it down and repaired it with epoxy
, and it's going back on soon.
The good: She's quite roomy for her size, and can comfortably sleep four people on a longer cruise
, and 6 for a daysail/weekend. She has a good cockpit
, narrow enough to brace yourself when the boat is heeled but still large enough for two large guys to sleep comfortably on benches. She's quite fast on a reach and downwind for a bluewater boat, but of course can't match lighter fin or bulb keeled boats when beating. She has a decent sail area for her displacement
, so you don't need a hurricane
to get her moving. She'll get to 6 knots in a breeze.
And, she's a very safe boat, and can handle large waves and strong wind
with no problem. Built like a tank. When it puffs, she'll just heel a little and dig in. When we start tying reefs
and shortening sail, most other people are already running for shelter. And she has three reefs
in her mainsail
, so you can keep sailing when the stuff gets rough. Also, she will heave-to on a mainsail
only, and gets really quiet when hove-to even in quite rough sea. I haven't had a chance (fortunately) to see how she would behave in a real blow, but I think she would take care of itself no problem. Wave motion is very gentle... she just cuts through waves and doesn't slam. I haven't been through any survival storms or stuff like that with her, but she handled 2 meter waves and force 7 winds with no problem at all.
The bad:Cockpit drains are a bit small. Engine
access could be better. The bunk behind the chart table is very difficult to get into and is more useful for storage
than for anything else. I'm still looking for a place to install a fridge (we have a new baby and we need one). Fuel
tank on our boat is leaking and there is no easy way to replace it, so we now have a smaller tank in a cockpit
locker. Side decks are really narrow just out of the cockpit so it's a bit challenging to crawl out there with a sail when the sea gets rough. And, she's a pain to motor
in reverse (as most full-keeled boats are) - just goes in a straight line.
Hope this helps. Cheers!