I have given further thought to the points you made about the BCC. Perhaps it was the analytical thought process of chemist speaking, I was too cold. My apologies. I should stick to throwing bones across the deck and reading them where they fall. I have done that but do not ask the name of the vice president or?the company. No, I was not terminated, in fact, the guy liked me even more.?
Your points?are well taken. I believe the support Sam L. Morse Company has provided the owners of BCC is unquestionable and outstanding… The company has always supported their boats and been very open about discussing issues. Further, the company has?provided?technical support to me?regardless of the fact I have a Canadian BCC.??This was not the case with Pacific Seacraft when we owned the Flicka nor is the case now for the 432 Flicka owners.?
The only exception I have is the issue about handling a larger boat or the sail performance of the Falmouth Cutter 34. If Channel Cutter builds to Lyle Hess’s specifications, I suspect the boat will sail quite well. Couples also handle larger boats such as the Gale Force 34 and Westsail 32. In my opinion, an experience couple should be able to handle the FC 34 - the key is experience.?
The factors in the equation that are unknown at this point,?is Peter and Pat’s experience level, physical condition and age, as well as their long term sailing plans. As with my lovely shipmate, I am quite certain Pat is not a day over 29, hence only Peter’s age enters into the equation :-)?
We chose the BCC because we could handle her, she is a well proven design and she gave us the extra storage space and “bum-room” that we felt was lacking in our last boat (http://home.att.net/~africanmoon/) . Let me discuss the three areas I just mentioned.?
Lenora, my shipmate, and I can handle the boat single-handed. Each of us can handle the sails from hoisting, to stowing, to carrying the sails off the boat.?We can also manage the loads on the winches but sometimes the loads are rather heavy for L. Sometimes,they are heavy for me. When on a passage, these are important issues. Because of the watch routine, the boat is sailed single-handed by default when underway. As to her sailing characteristics, we are impressed. Each time we take her out, she continues to amaze us about?how well she sails and handles. This is one of the reasons we choose the BCC. We wanted a sailing machine that we could sail in the light air “stuff” and the heavy “stuff.”?
Well Proven Design:?
Although we have not sailed the BCC as extensively as we would like, the BCC has proved to be an extremely fast boat for her size and very comfortable underway. These boats are well proven on ocean passages and can take the wear and tear of passage-making regardless of the conditions. We feel very safe in the boat and know she will bring us home as long as we care for her. There are very few places I would not take this boat. As to speed, I believe Churchill, made two 170 mile days when he crossed the Atlantic to Ireland. The BCC will easily make 125 mile in a day’s run and 150 miles in 24 hours in not unusual. Although speed reduces your “exposure time”, the boat is also comfortable while sailing fast. Nica and Jeremy Waters made an Atlantic passage on a Deerfoot 64 after they returned from they three year cruise in the Caribbean. Nica’s comment to us was, she would take the?ride of a BCC over the Deerfoot any time?in any weather.?
“Bum-Room”:?L and I love to?have dinner guests. Our BCC has enough room to comfortably have 5 dinner guests, 6 with a squeeze and in a pinch 8. After Baltimore’s?boat parade ended this past holiday, we invited our guests to a?black bean chili dinner aboard IDUNA.??All were boat people. We sat 8 around the table, told stories,?enjoyed the wine and?each other’s company?on a cold winter night while listening to music by?Gordon Bok and Stan Rogers - our BCC has a custom layout. The?storage?and carrying capacity of?the boat is outstanding. There are very few boats?under 35 ft LOD that?can carry 3,000 lb. of equipment, stores and provisions and not suffer in sailing performance.?
There is no questions Bob, the BCC is a well proven design and thoroughly tested in the “Big Tank” as well as well supported by the Sam L. Morse Co.?