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Old 19-09-2012, 09:29   #1
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BLUE SEAS SMALL CRUISER

So it seems that my 42ft Hallberg Rassy is way too big for my needs now. Kids are not interested in sailing any more, wife never really was interested, friends are too busy making money or swooping for younger wives. I came to the conclusion its about time to be independent: I want to be singlehanded, mainly around the mediterranean , 2-3 weeks around the greek islands at the most. or just daily or weekends, whatever. I am 6'2" and obsessed regarding headroom , used to heavy classic like my HR. The Bristol Cutter is an option, but the 28ft might be too small(??) another option is the Pacific Sea Craft 34 or 37, budget is around 150k, please advise!!
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Old 19-09-2012, 09:58   #2
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what about a hans christian?
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Old 19-09-2012, 11:21   #3
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Hey Ari, have you been on a BCC28 ? I haven't . There are a few in my marina , I would like to see inside one sometime . I don't think you would like my boat though, (it might be similar to a BCC). I don't think it would have enough head room . Although it does have a max head room of about 6'2", and for just one maybe two people it has good room outside and inside. Big problem is though, there weren't many made and even less for sale now ( I know of 3). I would like to suggest you look at her big sister the W32. Good luck!
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Old 19-09-2012, 11:44   #4
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Go aboard each and see what is what
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Old 19-09-2012, 11:47   #5
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You are 6’ 2” so with shoes on and an inch of clearance, you will need 6’ 4” headroom. Consider Alberg 35, 6’ 4”; Allied Princess 36, 6’ 4”; CSY 33, 6’ 6”; CSY 37, 6’ 5”; Endeavour 37, 6’ 6”; Morgan 382, 6’ 4”;
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Old 19-09-2012, 13:10   #6
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Re: BLUE SEAS SMALL CRUISER

Why not keep the HR? It does have more room than one person needs but you already have the boat and know it and know that it has the headroom you want.

If you set it up for singlehanding should be easy to handle. I have done a couple of solo trips in my 42' Pearson with no problem.
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Old 19-09-2012, 13:37   #7
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the HR 42 is a great boat I love her - but she simply is not meant to be a singlehand boat, ,trimming sails, rough weather , marina maneuvers - I always feel that 2 pros is the minimum she needs, sometimes 1 + semi-pro isn't enough. I believe that for me - a smaller boat will be more convenient and I'd feel more secured
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Old 19-09-2012, 14:43   #8
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I feel for you...Tell you what...I'll trade straight across my HR35 for your 42. It's the least I can do. Kidding aside, why not rig the 42 for single handing? It can easily be done. The reason I say this is situations change. You're probably dashing and handsome like me and while you are cruising, you might find "Her" (with a capitol H). Don't through the baby out in the bathwater as we westerners say.
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Tell you what...I'll trade straight across my HR35 for your 42. It's the least I can do.
Sounds like a win/win situation to me. Swap the boats straight across and cut out the brokers.

Is Celestialsailor's boat set up for singlehanding? Is it turn-key?

EDIT: I just saw that the OP lives in Liverpool. That may be a bit of a stretch. Still, what a great idea to trade down with someone who is looking to trade up.
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Old 19-09-2012, 15:03   #10
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I('d suggest a Nonsuch for what you want to do. One sail, plenty of headroom. If the 36 is too big, look at the 33.
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Old 19-09-2012, 15:17   #11
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I('d suggest a Nonsuch for what you want to do. One sail, plenty of headroom. If the 36 is too big, look at the 33.
or Freedom. UK made Freedom 30 - 35 (Or USA Freedom 28-33)
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Old 19-09-2012, 16:00   #12
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Re: BLUE SEAS SMALL CRUISER

What about the Beneteau Oceanis 31?




Or even the Jeanneau 30i.

Of course both don't actually state what the headroom is!
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Sounds like a win/win situation to me. Swap the boats straight across and cut out the brokers.

Is Celestialsailor's boat set up for singlehanding? Is it turn-key?

EDIT: I just saw that the OP lives in Liverpool. That may be a bit of a stretch. Still, what a great idea to trade down with someone who is looking to trade up.
Well...I know that 42 is worth gobs more than my older model and yes mine is know turn-key after the re-fit. I was of course joking with the OP. I hope he thinks it through and re-vamps his 42.
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Some of the boats mentioned will be harder to single hand than your HR42 I would think. Certainly a HC or Westsail 32. A BCC 28 is a pretty good size inside, how much does 1 need...? OTOH , It has a waterline of some 35+ footers, so that is really what you're talking about. The long sprit might make it more problematic for single handing than some others... just thinking out loud here....
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My Alberg 37 would be great, except I just got her this year and won't sell her! The wheel is far enough forward that you can access all the sheets from there and can easily single hand. Check out the Alberg 37 website and there are several nice boats for sale there. Pika just got back from the Caribbean and but the time you upgrade her systems, you have only spent half your budget, which leave more $ for cruising. Others look nice too.
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