I couldn't resist, its not my fault, it was just too tempting. I took Adagio out on her maiden voyage before I finised the cabin joinery. Yeah I know, I just said a month ago that I was not going to rush ahead but my addiction got the better of me.
So, all in all we had a good first shakedown cruise. The boat, an Eun Mara designed by Ian Oughtred, is truely a credit to the genius of the designer. The helm is perfectly balanced, she steers herself like a pro, heaves to without hunting back and forth or wandering around, and points to about 45 degrees at full speed. If pinched she will point as high as 38 degrees but looses about 30 percent of her speed and begins to make a bit more leeway. With a drop down extension to the rudder and two swing down bilge boards it is easy to dial in a nice balance to the helm in any wind condition.
Weaknesses include too much head stay sag and a cumbersome mizzen arrangement. I will also have to go to two part purchase on throat and peak halyards to gain the leverage needed to trim the main properly. The latter is my fault as the plans called for two part purchase but I used a single block because I figured I was strong enough. Turns out I am not when the main is loaded up. The trailer needs adjustments as it took four tries to get her out of the water straight.
I took lots of pictures and will post some as soon as I get them developed.
I want to thank everybody here who offered help, inspiration, and suggestions during the building process. Your assistance was invaluable and there is a little of all of you woven into Adagio.
See ya on the water,