S&S does have a good reputation, so am assuming all is well with the design. I just received a profile drawing of the vessel, and it shows a bulbous bow. My mistake before.
I discussed bilge keels with the designer, and he says there are no current plans to implement them. Hull #1 is just out of the mold. If we buy, we'd be hull #2 or #3. Unfortunately, there won't be time to have a sea trial on #1 before #2 goes into production.
The builder is Queenship, in a yard in Zhuhai, China. Apparently they're now OK financially. Does anybody have any recent feedback (good or bad) on them?