sounds nice-who built her anyway? But do you have to put one of those horrible arch things on-worst looking things to occur on yachts in a long time-not too mention weight up in the air.
Clearly, the boom furlers have gotten sorted out as they are on lots of big boats these days, but just as clearly they are expensive and require lots of tuning to get right. Might be cheaper and simpler to install a big powered halyard winch and a track system, perhaps single line reefing to that same powered winch and a good and simple lazy jack/cradle system and you'll have money left over and a system you can handle. Remember, it is a cruising boat so if you think about reefing-then reef!
Love to see more pics of the boat too.
Don't dis my ride man! The arch that offends you so is actually made of aluminum pipe, so it's not very heavy considering the boat weighs over 80,000 pounds, a few hundred pounds of stern arch ain't no big thing....me thinks anyway. My plan is to put some solar panels up there out of harms way and on the back of the arch is a nice pair of folding dingy davits for the times you don't want to wrestle the bitch over the rail forward.
She was built in Alaska by Paul West, but he never finished her. The interior is...well...it needs a lot of work and Paul was working on short funds towards the end so many things need some re-doing. We're putting her on the hard as soon as I get back from my Mexican delivery trip and we intend to pretty much gut the interior from the galley aft. Add intergal fuel tanks down in the bilge, pop in two re-man Yanmar's, rewire for conversion to 24V and relocate the absurdly small battery bank from the port stern to a point roughly low in the middle of the boat vastly increasing the size at the same time. We're also going to add a hard dodger and proper cockpit. Lots of work to do I know....but I have a strong boy who is willing and able. Between him and a couple of hired hands we hope to be back in the water in time for the Baja HaHa gig....we'll see.
I'm planning on a web site to document the re-fit and I'll post that URL when I get it created.