SeaHorse II wrote:dwhatty wrote:
Took the boat to the yard today to be hauled.
*I can't believe the season is over for you already! You, however, used your boat continuously for the time you had. (Summer) I'll bet I only used my boat one tenth of that.
I am interested, however,* now that you have put in a couple of seasons cruising the IG 32, how do you like it for a cruising couple? Likes/dislikes?
Good luck with the projects this winter. :worship:
Yes, we used her a lot. Much more than the mere 120 engine hours we put on her in four months would indicate. She is our summer "cabin" and we hang out on her in the harbor during the day and/or overnight when we aren't out cruising or taking a day putt. Emily also uses her as a staging platform for day sailing her Ensign as the two boats are moored close to each other. We intend to cruise her more next season now that I am no longer tied to an office and clients.
We like the boat a lot. Layout, both inside and out, is almost ideal for a cruising couple approaching geriatric status and their one large dog. Scads of usable exterior for a boat this small, what with the walkaround decks, Europa overhangs and flybridge.
Could use more storage and the "island queen" berth could be more easily and gracefully entered and exited (as yours can be). The head and shower are a bit cramped for two tall people. And it would be nice to have a guest cabin for the occasional overnight guests. Nothing a larger boat couldn't remedy, but that is not in the cards. She's a great "drinks 6, eats 4 and sleeps 2" boat for cruising for a week or so. Coming from a larger 1930's boat with a simple 12 volt system, the IG packs a lot of systems and amenities into 32 feet.
Don't particularly like the way she handles in a following sea. Not a boat I am comfortable to be out in when its blowing 25-30 with sharp, steep seas.
The cabinet and fibreglass work is "okay", not great but not too bad. Pet peeve: the teak plywood used throughout, but especially in the galley area, did not have its edges sealed with epoxy, or whatever, before installation so it tends to wick up moisture and stain.
Satinless steel quality throughout the boat is also just "okay".
Love the Cummins 330 6bta so far. Easily serviced locally. Good power when needed (hit 13.2kts at 2700 rpm on our final "blowout" sprint and we might get a bit more if we could get the last 100 rpm out of her. I guess that we miscalculated slightly and overpitched her on last prop servicing). Fuel burn is acceptable at 2.9 gph at our normal cruise of 8 kts/1600 rpm).
Her profile, due to the flybridge, is a bit too tall for her length in my opinion.
I guess the final comment on how we feel about the boat is that we both hate to get off of her and we always look back at her when we leave.