Boys and girls...
I am seriously contemplating the purchase
of a Robert Perry designed 1980 Cheoy Lee
35. I am a single
, newb sailor (not new to boating
though) seeking a liveaboard
in the Vancouver BC area. I am hoping to take the boat on some extended cruising
at some point in the relatively near future when I get my sea-hours up...that is if the boat is capable (would love to go to tropical climes like the Caribbean
or beyond if possible) but the main consideration is local cruising and living on board comfortably.
Marine Servicenter - Seattle (Seattle, WA)
Could you share your thoughts on the above listing?
How is the boat for single
handed sailing? What is missing with this particular boat that I need to consider upgrading?
I see that the sail area/displacement ratio is low and the ballast ratio % is low too. Does anyone with any experience on these boats know if these boats are slow (particularly in light winds) as this advertises? How comfortable are these boats on the water
for extended cruises? Are they safe and sturdy in the open ocean?
I know that the skipper's experience is obviously the best indicator of a any boat's seaworthiness - and I'll get there. But any help in selecting a suitable ride to begin with would be appreciated.
BTW - I am aware of the upkeep/maintenance issues of teak
decks ("leaky teaky" boat club) and am also aware its not necessarily ideal for tropical climes if I go down, so please don't focus on that - I don't want the thread derailed because of this singular topic.
Thanks for your input!