Good questions, Cormorant!
At 17.3 tons, with a full keel
and schooner rig, Paradoxy is not a light air performer! She is at her best when the wind
and waves kick up a bit. When your typical Great Lakes
sailboats are reefing down, or heading into port, she is at her best, with all sails
flying. Yet she is still very easy to handle, which is good, since I am mostly solo sailing. Although she has been primarily a freshwater boat, I did take her down to the Gulf of Mexico
, the Keys, Bahamas
and New England
, so I have seen my share of "interesting" sailing conditions!
I got beat up quite good crossing the Gulfstream, and even worse crossing Lake Ontario
in late September. Did not really enjoy that, but I was never concerned that my little ship would not look after me! She is a very stable, moderate to heavy displacement offshore
So, bottom line is, she prefers heavy weather
, and is more suited to serious passagemaking than daysailing.
Her decks and cabin
tops are all fully insulated underneath, and some areas of her hull
sides also, but no, she was not spray foamed.
The aft cabin, affectionately known as the "afterberth", has a double berth, full nav. station, bench seat, drawers, cupboards and a very large hanging locker, plus diesel heater
There is a nice pilot berth to port in the main cabin, and the long dinette seats can also be used as berths.
was primarily designed for a couple to cruise
range is about 1500 miles, 250 gallons water, 65 gallon holding tank
If you have more questions, fire away!