Thoughts on the Douglas 32 / 31:
Sailing Ability and Characteristics
-Being heavier, the Douglas is going to be more comfortable than your Grampian
-going to windward in short/steep waves:
-The key for a Douglas hull
is to shorten sail EARLY
-switch to working jib
and reefed main = much more comfortable and only
minimal loss of speed.
-plus less beer
-Command Engineering skimped a bit on the thickness of the forward part of the hull
. Hence mine was prone to flexing—called oil
canning, I believe. Wrote Brewer who said to add longitudinal stringers. That resolved the problem for me.
with keel-hung rudder:
-slower to respond but tracked well = less attention needed to tiller/wheel.
-offshore winds are less gusty, just change direction slowly.
-With an wind
vane, I once put up JUST the cruising chute
-After an hour of not having to touch the wheel
, I went below and
had a nap for 2 hours!
-After another 2 hours sitting in the cockpit—not steering—I finally took
the chute down as wind strength rose and I was making close to
-They certainly aren't a fast boat.....well, mine wasn't--so maybe it was just my lack of skill. Lol
-For dead reconning I would use 3.0 – 3.5 knots and that worked for me.
But then I never turned the engine
on to make up for wind dropping.
-Hell, I once had to run off under “bare poles” in 6-8 foot seas and still made
-The extra foot of the Douglas 32 may have or have not been significant but I was only pooped” once. I was below and the Aries
so it didn't adjust for a
wave from a slightly different angle. Cockpit
drained immediately, but the wave
was big enough to “behead” the compass
. ie: took the sun shade right off the binnacle.
-wide enough to lay on comfortably.
-great for sleeping if you want to be ready to swing-into-action.
-without falling off OR laying in a puddle.
-All in all I can say I never felt I was any risk of sinking. But then I was never offshore
in more than 35 knots / 8 foot seas.
Will write another time about my “commuting” north-and-south. (I used to tell people that I only had TWO items on my Annual calendar: Get your ass out of Canada
before it snows, and get your ass out of the Caribbean