Owner Gary Gelbfish reported his first sail in detail on the f-boat forum, and here is a brief summary:
I took out my soon-to-own F-39 for a spin last week and just wanted to
report on its performance. I am moving up from an F-31 aft cockpit.
My intent is to have a boat that permits cruising in real comfort while
not giving up the fun part of the F-boating. My conclusion after sea
trials is that the F-39 satisfies both goals.
This is the first F-39 in the water. It was meticulously built by Erik
Precourt. There are several others being built by Erik and others.
We went out for two days. Winds on the first day were 20, gusting to 30.
The second day was much calmer. The boat handled like an F-31, doing 360's
with ease, hove to, balanced tiller, tight turns, sailing under main, etc.
As compared to a stock F-31 it has more power and momentum. As would be
expected, it is drier and smoother on the water. The floats are oversized with
high beams. We did 19 knots with full main and jib but without any strain.
I will sail in earnest next season (New York area) and report back
again. In the meantime if someone is interested in an aft-cockpit 2002 F-31,
well outfitted for cruising with lots of extras please contact me