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Old 14-09-2010, 19:56   #61
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FUJI 40 end of story.
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Old 14-09-2010, 22:31   #62
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Cutter...

Dockhead...
My Dreadnought 32 was designed/rigged as an actual cutter in 1976 (thank you "Gentleman" Bill Crealock). While I agree that cutters have undergone some changes over time a(losing the gaff and the extreme sprit lengths) and that they are not as commonly found nowdays (now we have "slutters" as you suggest) boats were still being rigged specifically as bermudian cutters through the 70's. They are discussed in most cruising books from the Hiscocks to Donald Street to Royce's Sailing illustrated. Royce preferred the cutter for it's simplicity yet improved flexibility over the sloop. I believe that both of the Pardey's boats were rigged as actual cutters as well... could be wrong about that. It's a very handy rig. Molly B is low aspect w a 16 ft boom, mast set well back and plenty of foredeck room for headsails.
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Old 19-09-2010, 13:38   #63
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hey speedo - i read on another thread that you own an Allyle - what are your thoughts on the allyle 13.5?
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Speedo- sorry....imeant to write Idylle...I understand you own an Idylle 11.5...any thoughts on the Idylle 13.5?
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Hi Likato, yes I do own an Idylle 11.5 and I think it's a great boat that can certainly go offshore. While the 13.5 has a different designer, it looks like many of the same design principles were used in both boats: similar underbodies with a shoal draft keel, very nice, comfortable interior, simple sailplan, and relatively light displacement. So I am sure that all of the Idylle series were designed as cruisers, and I think they are the best cruisers Beneteau ever built. Very high quality, excellent design and engineering, excellent hardware, etc.

And the prices that I see now, for a high quality 44 footer, are very attractive.
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Old 28-09-2010, 18:58   #66
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In that price range, the first two boats on my list would be the Wauquiez Hood 38.8 and the Valiant 40 (notwithstanding the canoe stern). The Kadey Krogen 38 and Cape Dory Intrepid would also be on my radar.

The Wauquiez Hood is not a cutter, but it is certainly a blue water boat.
What is a valiant. I can not find one for sale. Does it have another name?
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Old 28-09-2010, 19:09   #67
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The Valiant is (I will try and say this as calmly as possible) a WONDERFUL boat. It was first manufactured in Bellingham, Washinton in 1975. Still being made, although very expensive due to the hand made manufacture and bullitproof architecture. If you want to see what one looks like search "Valiant 40 in the archives- mine just got a new paint job by Charile Cobra.
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We live aboard and frequent open ocean. The list of good bluewater boats is extensive. Everyone has prefrences and every boat is a give and take. If I was going to cruise the boat. I would look for a vessel with a full keel, 5' draft or less, all running rigging and sail control to cockpit, good tankage, fridge and freezer, cockpit capable of being closed up, most of the electronics end up getting replaced anyway so ignore them unless they happen to be there, electrical system that is not a tangled mess, low engine hours.
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Well, I see that there is an Avance 40 for sale in Seattle for 119K. The broker calls it a poor man's Swan-- S&S design, Scandinavian built, draft under 5' with the board up--so how bad can it be? It's certainly worth a look if you are in the area.
We looked at this one last year. My mate was so put off by the boat she wouldn't even go down below, and she loves a Swan.
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Re: 40' Bluewater Cruiser Choice

Have you looked at an old Hallberg Rassy ?

To fit within your budget it would have to be pre 1985. Here's one that might suit. It looks OK in the pics.

http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...g_id=68591&url=

The cheapest place in the world to buy any boat is in one of the faraway cruising crossroads. You might get this one for as little as 100. 90% of prospective buyers will not be prepared to travel that far to pick it up but someone prepared to go the extra mile can snap up an incredible deal.
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Re: 40' Bluewater Cruiser Choice

I don't think its snobbery, I think its because the later Jen's, Bav's, and Ben's etc. are reputed to be not as well built as the earlier ones and that has tended to give the wrong impression of the earlier, more robust builds. I have been thru the worst of the worst in my 2001 Jenneau 40 and she's as tough as old boots. I have no hesitation in taking her anywhere.

That said, another boat to consider is the Amazon 45 steel cutter, there is one for sale in Portsmouth, England for 95,000, she is Canadian built, has been around the world twice, extremely well maintained and she's a beauty.

Safe sailing to you all...
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There's a nice Cal 40 in CT but rigged for racing - road trips are for later - right now I'm looking at a "variety" of local boats including Tartan 40SD, Morgan 43, Jeanneau 42, Wauquiez Amphitrite 43....
I went to look at this cal 40 back in january, it is in rough shape. All bulkheads rotten, 100% crazing on deck, paint peeling of ceiling below. I have a copy of the last survey and spoke with the surveyor after I looked at the boat. He felt it was overpriced. It has a good engine, rig and sails. No electronics, no anchor windlass or ground tackle, batteries, dodger, cushions, steel beam needs to be replaced. Ect. So it is project boat. There is more but not looking at survey right now.
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Re: 40' Bluewater Cruiser Choice

Did Likato decide to go RVing instead? Been 6 months and no comments.

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Go up a coupla 3 feet and buy a Beautiful Boat.....
1976 Cheoy Lee Clipper Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
Hallberg Rassey.... two fingers down my throat and.......
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Old 21-03-2011, 21:15   #75
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Gollygosh boatman !

Maybe you had better stay clear of the Baltic for a while. Those Swedes are proud people.
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