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Old 04-09-2018, 08:33   #1
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40-55' Bluewater Boat Wanted - Ready to Buy

Back looking again. I thought I had found my boat, but sadly had to pass on it due to a major fiberglass fuel tank replacement risk. Was a beautiful Whitby 55, but too much risk and not enough refit budget to tackle it.


Looking for a 40-55' true bluewater cruiser. 1980+, Fiberglass or Aluminum construction only. Prefer <7' draft. Medium to heavy displacement. Sea kindly. Glassed in full or modified fin keel. Skeg or keel mounted rudder. I prefer cutter rigged ketches, but will consider cutters next, and then traditional rigged sloops. Prefer solid glass construction over cored hulls and decks unless they are currently dry and have solid fiberglass under and around all fittings. Large tankage is critical. Would like a genset and AC or the space to put them in. 3 cabins would be ideal. 2 heads minimum. Storage+++! Willing to upgrade the electronics. Spars and step(s) must be in good shape. Prefer updated chainplates and standing rigging. Willing to upgrade running rig and sails if needed, but would like some life left. Hard dodger preferred. Bimini. Arch with davits and solar panels or location for solar. Low engine hours on engine and genset.



I'm partial to the following designers: Bob Perry, Ted Brewer, Bill Shaw, Ted Hood, Bill Dixen, William Garden, Robert Ladd, Gary Mull, Sparkman & Stephens, William Crealock, German Frers, Ted Gozzard, F. Michael Kaufman, Doug Peterson, Bruce Roberts (depends on many variables), Vince & Richard Lazarra (a few models only).


I know my bluewater boats hence the list of above designers. I am in Boston, but will consider boats as far south as Trinidad or as West as the great lakes. West coast would be tough as it's not easy for me to get it back to Boston quickly. If you would deliver at your own expense I might consider it, but I would not take ownership of the boat until it arrived safely.


If you have something interesting, let me know. PM me please.



Max asking price $150k or less. Willing to do some project work depending upon what needs refitting. I am a cabinetmaker and engineer.



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Old 05-09-2018, 18:30   #2
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Re: 40-55' Bluewater Boat Wanted - Ready to Buy

If you haven't bought a boat yet, would you be interested in a Shannon 43 located in North Carolina?
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Old 08-09-2018, 18:53   #3
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Re: 40-55' Bluewater Boat Wanted - Ready to Buy

I have a 1971 very rare 43 Irwin solid glass 2 heads ac ge set water maker new sails .Light head sail great for the trip to the south pacific which this boat has done last year from Panama and we had to turn back from Tahiti .She is a proven champion.@89.000 This boat has been well equipped to sail the world lots of extra spares including a extra autopilot If you are serious and intrested my address in
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Old 08-09-2018, 21:17   #4
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Re: 40-55' Bluewater Boat Wanted - Ready to Buy

Re Blue Water yacht wanted _ready to buy.


I have a Beneteau 456 German Frers design here in New Zealand. Have been sailing offshore for the last fourteen years. If interested I would be happy help you if you need crew to sale to where ever. Listed under Beneteau 456 Ocean going yacht for sale.
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:21   #5
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Re: 40-55' Bluewater Boat Wanted - Ready to Buy

Thereís a 1978 Valiant 40 for sale in Annapolis for @ $30k which looks to be in remarkably good condition. That leaves you a lot of room for refitting and upgrades. Itís on sailboatlistings.
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Old 12-09-2018, 13:46   #6
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Re: 40-55' Bluewater Boat Wanted - Ready to Buy

I've been watching Cookie Monster (I assume it was it, since there's really not many if any Whitby 55s) for a year now. Not that I want it ... after owning a 40ft sailboat for 2 years, believe me; smaller is better! 55 feet is a LOT of feet to maintain. Take that into account. The bigger better syndrome clashes down on you, it is not true unless you REALLY need the extra space (want to take multiple people out with privacy such as chartering, in which case ,you are probably better off with a Cat!).

Im curious what drew you away from that boat, from the pictures it looks gorgeous. A fuel tank replacement is no big deal, you can build into it a stainless tank and solder it in place (specially on a big boat like that). And you are a cabinetmaker . Other stuff you noticed (just curious).

And really do take into account size is not necessarily better. Really think hard abot what you NEED, not what you think you might need.
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Re: 40-55' Bluewater Boat Wanted - Ready to Buy

Do you think to come to Turkey or Greece to have a look for sale yachts?


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Old 20-09-2018, 16:26   #8
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Re: 40-55' Bluewater Boat Wanted - Ready to Buy

I have a Shannon 38 pilot house cutter in good shape. 105K US. In Nova Scotia.
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Old 20-09-2018, 22:57   #9
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Re: 40-55' Bluewater Boat Wanted - Ready to Buy

Here's a link to a boat in the size range the OP asked about: For Sale: 47'Custom Aluminum Performance Cruiser Gary Mull Design - Page 2 - Cruisers & Sailing Forums

Its second owners were friends of ours, long ago. She sails quite well. She's a one-off, professionally built, aluminum.

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