Next day saw me on the Bainbridge Ferry again, this time with a car headed for Poulsbo to see a Waterline 38.
One word describes first impressions of this boat: unremarkable. To my eye, her lines were common, thick and high-sided as if drawn with a dull pencil (sorry Ed).
But first impressions are unreliable, and the more I tore into this boat, the more logical and thoroughly considered her design appeared to be.
Steel, cutter-rigged sloop (inner forestay not rigged), full deck-house, round chined, extended fin keel with skeg-hung rudder.
LOA: 38; LWL: 29.8; Beam: 11.5; Draft: 5.
Displacement: 22,000lb; Ballast: unknown. Sail Area: unknown.
Displacement to Length Ratio: 371 (!). Ballast to Displacement: unknown. Sail Area to Displacement Ratio: unknown. Capsize Ratio: 1.64.
Hull Plating: Not available.
Tankage: 100 gallons fuel in 1 tank; 105 gallons water in 3 tanks.
Engine: 44 hp.
One of the older yachts on the list, this Waterline showed her age, and the to-do list would be quite long. However, below the surface she was quite a well thought-out, well-built boat.
Positives from the Figure 8 perspective:
Concerns for this boat included:
All told this Waterline 38 was solid, an intelligently designed and a well-built boat, but could be too small for my needs and take too much time to ready.