OK, now I'll tell you what owning one is like. We own a '72, schooner rigged. When I bought her, the P.O. had had the masts replaced with custom aluminum
spars from England
, the chainplates replaced with big external stainless straps, the aft cabin
bulkhead strengthened and a boomkin added to eliminate the need for running backstays
- all at the old Cherubini yard, where she'd also had the teak
decks replaced with a new one by Teak Decking Systems, put in a Yanmar
4JH2-TE and installed a holding tank
Even given all that, she's a **** ton of work
to keep up. Acres of brightwork. If the portholes leak, or the caulk fails along the teak cladding on the outside of the cabin
top, you'll get leaks
on the inside of the cabin that will destroy the veneer if not quickly repaired. Leaking hatches are a bear to repair. The "stainless" cleats
aren't. If the old copper plumbing
is still in place, you'll need to rip it out and replace it. There's not a lot of living space below, but there's plenty of storage
. We have 150 gal of water
capacity, a huge fridge, and carry 100 gallons of fuel
, giving us ~ 600 mile range under power.
She's not just built like a tank, though, she's got beautiful functional lines. The flared clipper bow gives her lots of reserve bouyancy, and with her full keel
and slack bilges makes her very sea kindly as well as seaworthy
. She'll take a lot more than you will, something we count on.
She's beautiful when she's kept up, and I love her. But, I'm 60 now, and if I had it all to do over again, I'd buy something like a Amel and to hell with looking good. Maybe... I'm a sucker for a pretty boat.
Let me know if you have any specific questions.