I’ve always liked the looks of this kind of boat with plenty of wood trim. This boat just looks like it would be happy at sea. Although it has the signature canoe stern, apparently this boat was not designed by Bob Perry. (I’ve never seen a Perry boat I didn’t think was pretty. And I do love a canoe stern. They just seem very romantic to me, very graceful.) Seems like this boat is always attributed to him, but we stand corrected in that he didn’t actually do this boat. I’m relieved. Read on to see why.
This boat is one of those that has all the teak inside and looks like a tiny ship both inside and out.
It’s hard to tell in the photo, but those safety lines are hip height, taller than most. Very nice!
So far, I’m liking this boat. Very good ‘bone’ structure, classic lines, this is a boat that I would probably forgive a lot of flaws, including how heavy it is. Know what I mean? Let’s go inside.
At first glance, I like this interior. the table is low, but is easily raised. The settees are deep. No worries about the missing cushion. That kind of thing always needs replacing on older boats anyhow. So far, so good.
First impressions of the interior of this boat were that it would be a beautiful boat when cleaned up and with a few cosmetic fixes. First impressions can be dangerous with boats, though. I’d like to know a little more about what they were thinking when ‘they’ designed this boat interior. Look more closely at the photos, starting with the table. It’s a very nice table, very sturdy and executed well. You can raise or lower it easily. But you cannot get past it to sit on the settee. Nope. No way. You have to step over the table to get to the settee. I’m not kidding. Frankly, I think this is just unreasonable. Had they made the table a wee bit smaller, it would have been no problem.
Likewise, take a look at the photo of me at the nav station. There is about 10 inches of space between the corner of the nav station and cover for the engine. I literally had to SSQQQUUUEEZE into that space and then out again. There would be no ‘quick’ checking of a chart at that table, I can tell you. And I’m sorry for anyone who has to sleep on that berth. They’ll never get out of it without hurting themselves if the seas are high.
Then there are the many doorways from the head to the v berth and then from the passageway into the v berth. Too many doors for such a small space and it feels almost claustrophobic getting through them. It’s really too, too bad. The impression is that they took a 40 foot boat interior and squished it into a 35 foot boat. Something has to give, people! I’m relieved to know that Perry was not responsible for this travesty. His pedestal remains intact.
So we aren’t buying this boat. But I did learn that I do love this KIND of boat, the heavy boats built in the far east by skilled craftspeople. The teak is really lovely, and cabinetry does make the boat feel like a home. So far these heavy boats seem to have the best settees. This pair was the best pair since we saw that Spencer 44 in Seattle. I still like that boat.
We had to look at this boat because when thinking of giving up our house, it helps to imagine a boat that feels as sturdy as an actual home. Unfortunately it’s unlikely that this boat would do much sailing around here since it’s very heavy and our winds are generally light. We probably need to pass on these heavy displacement, teak boats. But they are beautiful and fun to look at.