I have been using my Atlantic every day for months now but I have never come accross a descent sea (sea state 4/5) yet untill a few days ago. We have been having plenty of easterly winds knocking up a very confused sea. Anyhow, I thought it was about time I gave her a run for her money, a little bit of a mistake.
I am going to start by saying the boat is an incredible bit of kit for its age (1975) and I still love it. However, I have hit a few problems with it.
1) The coxwain and crew get soaked as the consol is mid craft
(mainly following sea)
2) Very light at the front attacking a descent swell, so plenty of throttle experience required for a comfortable passage.
She is in need of chimes like the 75 for a following sea as she digs in heavy, resulting in the collar (tube) parting from the bow section.
I now have a poorly boat in need of a little TLC. I sometimes forget not all Halmatics are completely bomb proof
Having said that, the fixtures and fittings are fantastic and really built to last.
I was hoping to join my ex collegues on there millitary advanced course (RM Poole) for a jolly through St Albans Race and Portland Race. Having said all this, there is a very similar problem with the Arctic 28. ( I remember a similar problem on a A 28 parting collar which was reinforced)
Going back to the issue, I have a friend who has worked on Weymouth ILB and he tells me there 21's were allways being sent back for a repair on the collar.