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Upsizing

Post by RichardTaylor » Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:00 am

We are thinking that within a couple of years we will be ready to upsize our boat (recession permitting).

With a likely budget of around £30 - £40k (negotiable) our other thoughts on spec are as follows:

1) Size - nominally 32 to 34ft
2) Speed - a relatively fast boat (able to cruise at average of 6+knts)
3) Steering - Wheel rather than tiller
4) Keel - Bilge so we can still take to the ground.
5) Age - built mid 1980s onwards.

Boats which fit this seem to be mainly Westerly and Moody it seems we are most like to stay with Westerly.

In Yarmouth last week we saw a Storm which had a wheel - I though Storms were tiller? Now this boat seems to tick the boxes?

Others are the Falcon and Seahawk (and developments).

What are owners thoughts and what other boats should we consider? (Moody 34?)
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Re: Upsizing

Post by mikebuggy » Fri Jul 17, 2009 10:38 pm

Beware.......there are different types of Storms! The cruising ones (usually short mast and sometimes with bilge keels) are not that fast...certainly slower than a Fulmar. Some of these have wheel steering, but a large number are tiller steered.
The Storm OD is a cruiser racer and has a tall mast (2 spreaders)and a bigger rig. The standard variant is tiller steered as this is what the racers preferred. They are fast, when well sailed much faster than the fractional Fulmar. Normal average cruising 6+kts. 10 to 12 kts not unusual with the bigger kite up and being well raced. The OD is very responsive but can be a bit of a handful as she has a big rudder and a powerful rig. The tiller needs a firm hand. A very few were fitted with wheels and the conversion is not difficult as the shaft is already keyed and the deck is reinforced. The mainsheet needs to be moved from aft to a centre track, so the cockpit then becomes split by a traveller, which can be awkward.
Later Fulmars also a good solid boat with a reasonable turn of speed and several have been fitted with wheels. Storm has better accommodation than Fulmar as she is much beamier and has an aft cabin rather than just a quarterberth.

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Re: Upsizing

Post by RichardTaylor » Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:13 am

Thanks Mike - that has helped clarify the situation.

Richard
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