We're wrapping a solid 5th season on the Heart of Gold (#119) up in Boston. For anyone considering a Hendo, here's what we think we've learned:
1) Reefing sucks.
2) We got a big-foot #2. It's damn fast.
3) Sailing at 1450ish lbs is fast. Since we have ladies aboard, that means 8-9 bodies, with 8 as the sweet spot for rail real estate.
4) That 8-13ish kts of breeze pre-plane bracket sucks. We have a very tough time fighting IMX-40s etc. in those conditions.
Regarding how the boat's holding up, I'd say remarkably well. We've had to address soft spots under the rear stanchion bases, caused by years of hiking, but beyond that, it's in great shape. The scariest day we've had was a big-breeze Buzzard's Bay Regatta, where we managed to take a massive amount of water in around the bowsprit port...that may be a design flaw, as we've tried lots of different gasket materials without a lot of luck.