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Old 12-12-2008, 02:31   #1
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I am curious if any of you salty lads and lasses have any experience with this model of boat, or manufacturer. I like the lines and the solidity of its aura. I am just asking a general question: "What is your opinion on this boat?"

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Here is an example of the boat (for those who want to comment based on pictures):
1976 Fisher Pilothouse - Boats.com
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If you have time and or inclination why dont you stop by the beach shack this weekend. I'll be home all day Saturday.
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Rats Bob...ya picked a bad day....I've got 2 soccer games a soccer Christmas party and another daughter hand signing her first public event.....I'll have to take a rain check my friend ...I'm busier then a one legged man in a fanny kicking contest tomorrow...

I'll pick us up something to sip on and have it all ready for the next invite though..
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What do you plan to use it for?

I've been aboard a couple of these, but not been away from the dock.

The boat is smaller than it should be, but good for a solo or a couple. The design is excellent for cool, wet weather cruising, and might be profitably rigged for fishing. My impression was the boat was designed by or for a Brit who worked on an oil rig in the North Sea. I'm not even sure if I can explain that comment...

In my opinion, and strictly looking at them at the dock and pictures on paper, these boats are going to be disappointing sailors. They'll make a reasonable trawler with sail assist for fuel economy. My impression of the aft cockpit was that no one would ever actually sail from there.
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A friend of mine was commissioned to locate, purchase and deliver a 37' Fisher. He was successful, but throughout the process and after sailing her, he still chuckles about the boat. Not a performer of course. The new owner loved her and kept her many years - keep in mind, he lived in Florida - so no need for all that pilot house. He bought it purely because he liked her look. He never regretted the decison.
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The ones I have seen at the dock haven't had any steering in the cockpit, inside only. They look very solidly built, and interiors look great.

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Not built for the tropics: I would think one would suffocate in the pilot house...
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iirc, all the forward windows open, and there was a *monstrous* skylight - 4'x4' - in the roof, a full sized door, etc. The effect should be much the same as a chimney, drawing air from the boat whether there's a breeze or not.

The reason this impinged particularly is one of the boats had a fire aboard, and a friend purchased and rebuilt it. The skylight had melted first, of course, and had drawn the flames from the galley through the pilothouse in a rush. I still have no idea how the boat was saved, but it did give me some examples of fire damage to fibreglass.
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