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Old 16-12-2007, 22:10   #1
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hi kath here,
I've got a question....

We(my husband John & I) plan to live/cruise around, on the Cap/Coast and Whitsunday's, when we are ready, & were thinking of the :

Ranger 40' Aft cabin- 1989 Or
the:
Modern Flybridge cruiser 44' 1983.

Both in the $230, range, to buy in Australia.

>Which is better on fuel... also space for living?

In this range/style is there some thing we may not have come across that you think we should look at.
We like this type motor cruisers and have always dreamed of doing this when time is right.

>Also any thoughts on the 40' clipper, I love the look of those also?

looking forward to reading your thought's...kath
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Old 17-12-2007, 00:40   #2
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hi kath here,
I've got a question....

We(my husband John & I) plan to live/cruise around, on the Cap/Coast and Whitsunday's, when we are ready, & were thinking of the :

Ranger 40' Aft cabin- 1989 Or
the:
Modern Flybridge cruiser 44' 1983.

Both in the $230, range, to buy in Australia.

>Which is better on fuel... also space for living?

In this range/style is there some thing we may not have come across that you think we should look at.
We like this type motor cruisers and have always dreamed of doing this when time is right.

>Also any thoughts on the 40' clipper, I love the look of those also?

looking forward to reading your thought's...kath

I personally like the 83 Modern.I like the idea of the galley in the upper salon.Both run 120hp lehman twins I think ...so the fuel consumption will be about the same.
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Old 17-12-2007, 20:44   #4
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Thanks Capct,

"I'm not thinkin of taking on others in a drag, though come to think of it....it does some like some fun."

But yes I like those too, seems to have lots of room- (for two of us) and stop in's.

What about the clippers, same in fuel? do you think...

Nice pic by the way...did you take it?
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I personally like the 83 Modern.I like the idea of the galley in the upper salon.Both run 120hp lehman twins I think ...so the fuel consumption will be about the same.
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Hold on there mate,

Been plenty of times sailing in 20 knots of breeze in fast multi's when we have left powerboats for dead due to sea state and speed restrictions.

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Thanks Capct,

"I'm not thinkin of taking on others in a drag, though come to think of it....it does some like some fun."

But yes I like those too, seems to have lots of room- (for two of us) and stop in's.

What about the clippers, same in fuel? do you think...

Nice pic by the way...did you take it?

Clippers I think are more expensive a bit more upscale which usually means much heavier and more maintenance.I like to keep a boat as simple as I can because at some point or another everything on your vessel will need maintenance.Thats just my preference though.

40 Clippers run a single 220 hp Cummins I believe....I could be wrong about that.
Regardless....the fuel consumption is probably about the same as 2x 120hp lehmans vs 1 220hp cummins.

A twin engine setup also offers an extra safety quotient.Really all of them are nice looking vessels and anyone would be proud to own any one of them.Proir to buying though make sure you have your choice survey'd and read Pascoe

you can find his books and articles here

Buying a Boat or Yacht: Articles by David Pascoe, Marine Surveyor

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Well she's a beauty.
Thanks for the info though, it all helps.
Went on a 40' clipper the other day, was told to look at the 46' for living?
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