I own a dean 400 and last year myself and 4 friends sailed from miami
to Newfoundlandland Canada
, about 3200miles. We had bad weather
at the start with Northest winds for the first 2 weeks. This slowed us down alot and caused the waves to be quite choppy. We got into about 16 foot waves with northeast winds of about 40knots off norfolk for about 8 hours and the boat
did very well. The waves broke on her a few times and no problems. Also the bridge deck
is about 36inches high so the slapping was not bad at all. Over the 8hrs the waves hit the bridge deck no more that 4-5 times. I remember because it is an awful sound and you feel the boat
rise up. One reason the sails
are raked back as much is to put the center of gravity to the aft a bit more and aids in lifting the front of the boat out of the water
, hence less slapping. she does go up wind
very well almost as well at a mono, actually in 15knots just as well i would say I have raced many monohulls in past summer going into the wind
. In winds 5knots or less not so good, actually it moves hardly at all. 15knots of wind you can get 7knots. 15-20 you can get 10-11knots.
The second half of the trip took 7 days, from cape cod
about 1600miles. we had good winds water not rough only 5-8foot waves and also did a bit of surfing got her upto 15 knots at times.
My opinion very good boat and feels like a tank, rock solid
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