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Old 14-05-2016, 18:18   #1
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Cavalier 39 v Van de Stadt 37 for a

I'd appreciate any quick thoughts of the merits of each vessel for coastal cruising with some Bluewater trips in future.
I've had a look over a very nice cav39 very well maintained and love it... But... We have two teenage kids and accom will mean saloon sleeping for some. (Only berth and a single quarter berth)
Now I've come across a van de Stadt 37 that has two quarter berth cabins
Van de Stadt 37 steel cruising yacht | Trade Me

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Old 14-05-2016, 23:59   #2
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Re: Cavalier 39 v Van de Stadt 37 for a

The VDS looks like a nice boat . Could be a little small for your log term plans.

Do you have a budget ?

Do you want a steel boat ?

I've see a few other boats in Australasia that would be perfect for what I want but are a bit more expensive.



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Old 15-05-2016, 00:14   #3
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Re: Cavalier 39 v Van de Stadt 37 for a

The cav 39s are getting on a bit now and are prone to osmosis I think they have a balsa core above the waterline too,still a good boat though.Offshore you would have too cover the large windows as they are a bit big.The VDS is a bulletproof boat as long as there is no rust issues,Check in the bilge and under the floor and around stern gland,if its clean it would be my preference.
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Old 15-05-2016, 03:29   #4
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Re: Cavalier 39 v Van de Stadt 37 for a

Thanks Dan
Survey emailed by owner front 2014 says min of 5.2mm steel in Hull. I'll still get a fresh survey if going ahead but that sounds pretty solid. 12 ton v 7 ton displacement between boats.

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Old 15-05-2016, 04:04   #5
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Re: Cavalier 39 v Van de Stadt 37 for a

Was that an ultrasound survey of the hull? Did they give you the sketch ?

Typically you will need to find a seperate surveyor as most marine surveyors don't do ultrasound . Pretty simple to do and the only correct way to measure thickness.Tons of info on utube


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Steel but requires constant maintaince that can't be ignored

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Old 17-05-2016, 04:29   #6
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Re: Cavalier 39 v Van de Stadt 37 for a

Hi nzmal,
We have owned, lived aboard and travelled on our 1975 mk1 Cavalier for the last 3 years and have felt very fortunate to have this boat choose us. Perfect for a couple cruising and ok for shorter trips with four. Have had no signs of osmosis, I haven't had to make any holes through the hull above the waterline except replacing the exhaust in the transom which is inch thick solid hand laid glass. The window size is fine for offshore ours are saftey glass and passed NZ Cat 1 survey about a year ago. Overall a very strong and quality built boat. The layout of the Van de stadt sounds like it may suit you better? Every boats an individual, take into account the gear, upgrades and equipment fitted to each and whats going to best suit your needs. I personally wouldn't own a steel yacht after seeing friends chasing rust but im sure if its a tidy well maintained boat it should be fine...
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Old 18-05-2016, 02:52   #7
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Re: Cavalier 39 v Van de Stadt 37 for a

Thanks Kat
I see you are a filmmaker... have you documented your travels.on the cav on a YouTube channel by any chance? It would be great to see a perspective of living aboard a cav 39

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Hey there, we have shot a lot of our recent travels in Fiji and Vanuatu and also when we first got the boat and started living aboard but haven't had a chance to edit and upload to YouTube. But you have given me an idea to make a short tour of our boat and how it is set up for living aboard and travelling 😊
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Thanks Kat. I'd love to see that. There isn't a lot of Internet presence for cav 39s...Other than a few for sale. It would be great to see your set up.
Here's the one we are looking at.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y2w825t27...iRcd0JLTa?dl=0

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Update. Bought the cavalier 39 and very happy with it.
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