|If one wheel is good, two must be better. I sense this setup is less about steering and more about creating a path to the stern on the centerline|
|Chines: Cool, then not cool, are once again cool.|
As I've noticed in recent years, there are fewer and more similar production sailboats and more powerboats. I find this baffling given the price of fuel, and, according to the staff of the chandlery where Mrs. Alchemy was working, the significantly fewer show attendees this year; they said visitors were down about 25%. Not that there weren't attractions: the Pardeys were across the aisle from my wife, who was selling stuff at Genco. Having seen the famous no-frills sailing couple in the flesh, I now know why they were happy in small full-keelers...they are very compact people.
|Blonde salesperson optional.|
|I have not read Cruising World in many years. I already know what a boat ad looks like.|
|Clearly, they are proud of their boat design.|
|That's certainly a Tartanesque price tag.|
|I wish winch sizes were standarized. They are not. I feel like carrying calipers.|
|Cabin-top travellers and mid-boom sheeting seem endemic these days|
|Apparently, my auto-iris and auto-shutter aren't top-shelf.|
|Polished to "baby's backside" standards|
|Would not a folding or feathering prop make sense here?|
|It's French via Brazil.|
|I will call my bow-thruster "Lumpy"|
|I would hesitate to put something this half-assed and draggy on Alchemy, and raw speed is way down my list of must-haves.|
I have no idea how this sort of kludge would be accounted for in club racing ratings.
A friend who's read this commented that he liked the Polish-built Delphia 40.3. In my rush to cast aspersions on the more popular production marques, I'd forgotten that I'd been aboard this boat briefly and found it more to my liking and generally less ticky-tacky than some others. So it wasn't just the pricy Blue Jacket I liked. The Delphia looked better able to handle its home European waters, and so it should have, if those RCD Category A certifications mean anything.
Drifting away from the nasty sailboat area, and in the end, I bought one of these: Alchemy's mast returns in the spring, and I need a proper DSC-capable base VHF for the pilothouse. While we plan on getting a Vesper unit as the "main" AIS, a receive-only backup (along with a GPS onboard, which I've used in my SH 850 handheld) right at the radio could be useful and prudent. Combined with a RAM3 extension mic to the outside helm (which will, I anticipate, be fairly sparse on the electronics otherwise), we should have our VHF needs well covered. I haven't even discussed the loudhailer.
|About as close as he's gotten to swabbing the decks.|