We have a 3 Cabin
, so can't comment on the changes you are suggesting. But I do all my work
at the helm
station in the saloon
. Nice to be able to look out and see the world.
We use the front left cabin as a store room / cabin when needed. No one to date has slept in it in two years. Whatever you do though bear in mind keeping the weight balanced. We store a lot of stuff in that cabin and offsetting it is a pain.
Look out for stress cracking and check all the stringer ties are solid.
Beyond that it is the normal gear
failure to look out for, how far gone the sails
are. When the seals
were done on the drives (if ever). Check the reverse gear oil
for emulsification, if it is cloudy then there is a good chance you are looking at new seals
, bearing and possibly some other issues internally depending on how long the water
has been in the oil
In-boom. Not seen it done, but think it would be a very nice addition. That said with a good lazy bag and single
line reefing getting the boat
reefed is not a drama.
Hard top, not done it, but seen it done. Mixed feelings, we have a bimini
top and front panel and it works well to keep the helm
dry (ish) and out of the worst of the wind
. I look at other boats with hard tops and think it would be nice, but then some days we like to take the bimini
down and that is really nice as well.
We have a large solar
arch on the back that doubles as a davits
, the 440 davits
are IMHO to low for serious offshore
sailing. Plus solar
is fantastic, no moving parts
Hope that helps some. PM by all means if you have any specific Q's