I helped deliver a year old Lipari in December from Chessie to Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
with a mix of ICW
and open ocean. we crossed the stream from Lake Worth
. plenty of wind
, rain and fog
for much of the trip with breezes >30kt in the Sea of Abaco
the boat sailed quite well, fast reacher right up to 60 degrees. great spinnaker
boat (we flew the kite right down the ICW). maneuvered very well using the engines only. little slapping under way even in big seas, and very stable at anchor
, even when we were in an open roadstead off a Bahamas
bank. in the big winds we sailed or motored for hours at 7kts and more with easy motion on board. a good sailing vessel for sure.
below decks the quality of construction was much lower than I expected. Ikea is actually a little better quality. interior hardware
actually, terrible sinks and cooker. heads fragile and cheap hardware
. it is all surprisingly bad. unsafe in a seaway since we tie off all drawers, doors and lockers.
fridge and freezer
was very good; they worked very well and held tons of stuff. Good storage
throughout the boat. chain locker and storage
the two REALLY BAD things:
1) this boat had the chart plotter, depth
, and autopilot
on the bulkhead under/behind the wheel! you had to look down and put your hands through the wheel
spokes to control the devices. under autopilot
in rough seas this was dangerous and meant taking it out of autopilot to even change the scale of the plotter.
2) the boat was terribly slippery, above and below decks. we were in almost constant fog
, mist or rain, and the entire boat was an ice rink. 4 of us -experienced sailors - all slipped and fell badly at least twice, usually slamming flat on a back, or knee, or elbow
and side. we were very lucky that no bones were broken. very lucky. I would never buy this boat just for this safety
fault alone. the above-deck non-skid is useless, and the fake wood soles below-decks are a death trap.
if you buy one of these boats used (even a year old) you must plan to deal with these two major faults above and replace all the hinges and latches
on every drawer, cupboard, locker, and closet. then you'll have a very nice sailer that is a comfortable anchor-out as well.