I was bewitched by Psyche’s beauty the moment I saw her and bought her immediately. She has more than lived up to expectations, a fine sea-keeping boat with a good turn of speed (7 kts in a F4 routinely) she is perfectly balanced and sails herself with the wind forward of the beam. We have regularly sailed to Normandy and Brittany for a summer cruise, often with only two on board, as well as shorter trips based on the Solent with up to 5 persons.
Her sail plan can be reduced massively in heavy weather and we finished one cruise very comfortably under just staysail and mizzen with a F7 on the quarter in a close Solent chop (still making 7 kts). Handling under power takes a little getting used to with the long keel but a scrap of headsail or mizzen can help pivot her round when turning in confined spaces.
I originally thought of adding stanchions and lifelines, but once I had sailed her I realised they were unnecessary (as well as unaesthetic). You simply do things the traditional way, only going forward on the weather side, leaning into the boat and using hand-holds (lifelines encourage you to lean the other way and hold onto them instead) and jackstays.
Heaving-to provides the perfect relaxed environment for handing the headsails, bringing the jib in first to the weather side of the backed staysail which provides a wall between you and the sea; I find it less trouble than roller furling.
I have doubled the mizzen shrouds to accommodate the weight of the radar, and fitted Highfield levers to the whisker stays to make an easy job of running the bowsprit in and out.
The saloon is a wonderful warm rich cabin with supplementary oil lighting, comfortably seating 6 round the table. The cockpit table (teak grating) is best for 4 but you can squeeze 6 round it.
I have not sailed with children aboard, but would be quite happy provided they were using harness and safety lines when not in the cockpit.
This is a boat which turns heads wherever she goes. Offer a bet to any admirer that they cannot guess her age to within 30 years either way, and your winning beers are guaranteed. In Honfleur the harbour master decided she was so pretty that he berthed under the historic tower for the benefit of artists on the quay opposite and declined to charge any berthing fees for our 3 night stay.
The previous owner reported the same at the Ile de Re. (English harbour masters have proved less imaginative!)
Since I bought her, my crew have gradually moved on, and I have acquired too many other commitments. As a result, Psyche is simply not getting the use and attention which she deserves. Hence a purely practical decision to sell and swallow the anchor. Which is a shame, as she is now as perfect as I could want her.