Walking around the outside of the boat you can tell it is a quality boat. Unlike the Gemini from yesterday, you hardly see any cracking in the gelcoat and the deck doesn't give under your feet (and this boat is around 15 years older than the Gemini from the day before). Similar to the Gemini, the Prout has a solid forward bridge deck. You won't find any trampoline here which does add weight (they are known to be a bit heavier for a catamaran).
Inside the boat there is a lot of space with an absolutely huge salon. It is a galley down design with 3 large berths. The boat has a lot of nice wood accents (even a small built-in bar...or maybe that is for afternoon tea), but being a mid 1980's boat, the interior does feel a bit dated (something that could be easily addressed in a refit if one wanted to). My wife and I liked the boat. The one thing I didn't particularly like is the rather small entrance from the cockpit into the boat. It is a roughly 4.5~5 ft high hatch and the idea of having to duck thru it every time I want to go in or out doesn't appeal to me. I actually did take some pictures (I know...I'm surprised I remembered too) but I won't post them as this was a privately owned boat and the couple was in the middle of refit work and repairs and the pictures wouldn't do justice to how nice the interior actually is.
(Brown and Nancy, Thank you again for your hospitality. We will hopefully see you soon with some time to sit down and swap boat refit stories over dinner or sundowners.)
After Jacksonville, we make the short hop to Ft. Lauderdale (yeah, a mere 330 miles away in our overgrown roller skate).
|The Fox "Economy" Rental (anyone have a shoe horn)|
With the long travel time, this was the end of boat viewing on day two. Fortunately, this was a 3 day trip for us and day 3 will actually include 3 boats that are all on our list (part of the justification for heading to Ft. Lauderdale) before we catch our flight back home.