During our search we looked at several - meaning LOTS - of E42s and E43s. For the money
we were (and still are) convinced that the Endeavours offer a good value in a sturdily built cruising boat.
Like most boat breeds, they do have some common issues:
- aluminum fuel tanks
in the bilge
as mentioned previously. The key is to provide a path around the tank for water to drain away from the tank. Placement on some models makes that pretty tough to do.
- E43 forward mast
step is a steel
I-beam that sits in a bilge pocket where water collects and stays. Nearly every E43 we looked at had a very rusted mast
step or had replaced it. One boat we saw had filled in the pocket with some sort of resin to keep the water out. We have the same issue - steel
mast step in a bilge pocket - on our E52. Not sure of the arrangement on the 42s.
- The standard factory ports
are plastic and leak all over that nice teak
. Lots of ports
= lots of $$ for the one we saw where the owner had replaced all ports with stainless.
- E35s we looked at all had leakage around the chainplate rods that go from the main deck
through the salon
to the hull attachment point (knee). They seemd pretty roomy for a 35 to us, with good headroom
- Cored decks on some E43s had saturated and discolored. This is a maintenance
issue to look for... if the seller/owner has paid attention and jumped on this as soon as it started you'll be OK. Some boats had no signs of this problem at all, others were a disaster.
- I believe the earlier E43s had a smaller horsepower Perkins
. Later years had more HP which is needed - these are heavy, beamy boats.
As the YW pricing will demonstrate, the E42 is the newer, better performance hull. The E43 is MUCH roomier below - remarkable for that extra foot of LOA
. The E38 is an entirely different boat and from our research is not well thought of, hence the much lower pricing. The E37 Plan B is interesting, but research showed us that it was a poor attempt to stretch an E35 hull and the resulting boat was not a good sailing boat. I personally hated the traveller that divides the cockpit
in two and must be stepped over to get to the companionway
If you read everything - and I mean everything - on the Endeavour Owners website you'll find lots of good info. Things are buried in odd places on that site - look at the Owner's Reviews
and all of the maintenance
threads for good tidbits.
Now for the disclaimers.... These are just the conclusions we reached during our boat search. I'm certainly not a boat construction expert. If you want to berate me for my opinions, my PM mailbox is "knottyboyz" - honest.
Enjoy your search and good luck in finding the boat that's right for you!