I was just wondering if anyone had any thoughts about this boat and could it handle open water?
On a good day no problem. On a not so good day I think if you were on it in a so so day you would know the answer without reservation. This is going to be a handful any time the wind
blows over 20 knots. The VERY limited tankage makes this a not so great idea for an extended trip type of boat. With boats like this you pick the day and you get there in a short time and things work
well and it's all fun. Anything else and you are over powered and have nothing in reserve.
An outboard motor
is not really considered a good open water idea. Not that it's impossible but you can't go very far on one tank of fuel
. Some times it takes an hour or more to get into an anchorage. If you had to get out too you would be out of fuel
. carrying gasoline is not a fun filled adventure either.
If you are on a budget
you can easily change the destination
and still cruise
with a lot more safety
even on this boat.