Thanks for the welcome. How is the Prout 37? I'll have to tell you this spring, as it's up in Maryland
and I am here in Florida
. I just bought it and I'll have to wait for the ice to thaw to bring it down south and get to sail it.
The Prout 35 is just small enough to be uncomfortable for my needs. The berths are the size of a small double, and the headroom
is less than needed in the salon
. The 37 is a step larger and just big enough.
Layout and size wise I think it will be great for us. It is a '93 model, but has almost no use due to the owner getting injured right after he had it built. It is extremely well built, as the buyer oversaw the construction himself. All of the rigging
, hatches and most other things were upgraded. The engine
has 350 hours and there were more extra items and spares than I could shake a boat hook at! The sails
are like new. The stay sail and cruising chute had never been used.
The only down side is the owner spec'd a separate shower
stall where the forward cabin
would be. The head
is plenty big for a shower
and I would prefer the additional berth for my son. I'll probably convert it. But, this should not be too big a deal.
As to head
room... I am 5'-11" and the only place I come up short is at the companionway
. Everywhere else I am Ok. The aft berths are the size of a queen, except at the feet where it tapers a little. My wife is small, so that helps.
The boat will never be a speed demon, but it should be a seaworthy
platform for my family
. My wife is 4'-11' and cannot handle large sails
. A big full roach main is not an option for us. as I was shopping
around I learned that every boat is a set of comprimises, you just have to choose the one that comprimises the least for your needs.
What are your impressions of the Tabago for blue water
or island cruising? Did you buy it out of charter