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Old 17-10-2015, 09:03   #61
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Re: Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

I would you purchase a bit older higher quality yacht for your trip down the "thorny path to the BVI. But people go in all forms of transportation and "survive."
I like "safety" and simplicity, makes for peaceful trips and sound sleep.

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Old 25-10-2015, 09:34   #62
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West Marine says they never heard of Stop Creak.
Mystery Oil another solution to stop creaks...Really?
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West Marine says they never heard of Stop Creak.
Mystery Oil another solution to stop creaks...Really?
Welcome to CF Peter! I'd try a different West Marine.

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Old 26-10-2015, 11:56   #64
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I can't even find it online at West Marine.
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Old 26-10-2015, 12:36   #65
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I can't even find it online at West Marine.
I do think it was a joke.
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I can't even find it online at West Marine.

It's stocked locally next to the can of wind.


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The label on that can is "Sailboat Fuel".


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Or do what I do, eat a lot of beans!


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Re: Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

You see a lot of boats in the Caribbean that when described the following comment was "I wonder how they made it".Several years ago a blue 18 foot roto mounded sloop with a cuddy cabin pulled up on the beach in Bequia. It featured a bent mast kept in column with some old rope and sails and line in a similar state of disrepair .It was skippered by a young guy who was having the time of his life. He had the same view and weather as the folks on the very expensive yachts in the harbour. Now I'm not saying that it would work for every one ,but the strangest boats can make it if you are careful,lucky ,and ,or don't know any better.
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Good point. A friend of mine, who sailed his Catalina 34 from Vancouver BC to Mexico wrote this a few years ago:

I find it really interesting on the whole debate of what makes an offshore sail boat. It is unbelievable how much BS floats around and how many people have opinions but no experience based on the particular boat they happen to have an opinion on. I now believe it matters far more how the boat is prepared than what boat it is. Obviously you need a minimum standard in terms of hull integrity and rig strength and I think the Catalina 34 has that easilly. The question is can the boat and crew be prepared for offshore? I believe the answer question lies only with the skipper who does the preparation. In our case, we have had a fairly good shakedown cruise and I rate the boat highly. I've had "experienced" sailors who were aghast that I would take my family with no offshore experience in a Catalina 34 from Vancouver to San Francisco - a nasty bit of coast. And it takes some serious thought to call bull#### and say you're up to the challenge having never sailed in an ocean swell. I've also had experienced sailors who say go to the Marquesas and you'll find a lot of less capable boats than yours crewed by Europeans having the time of their lives. And you'll also find North Americans with real fancy boats with a lot of broken bits waiting for parts.
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You see a lot of boats in the Caribbean that when described the following comment was "I wonder how they made it".Several years ago a blue 18 foot roto mounded sloop with a cuddy cabin pulled up on the beach in Bequia. It featured a bent mast kept in column with some old rope and sails and line in a similar state of disrepair .It was skippered by a young guy who was having the time of his life. He had the same view and weather as the folks on the very expensive yachts in the harbour. Now I'm not saying that it would work for every one ,but the strangest boats can make it if you are careful,lucky ,and ,or don't know any better.
Here is the kicker he sailed from Sweden
In the mid 80's when I was sailing in the Sea of Cortez, there was a plywood sailboat, maybe 25 feet long at the most. It was home built and only had lee boards. Probably a Bolger design. It had been sailed down from the West Coast US somewhere. So it can be done in most anything. Trekka was 21 feet (?) plywood also.
It's all a matter of what you want. But if you run into anything hard etc, you might like being in a long keel thickly built boat vs a Catalina etc. I've been involved in that situation with both types.
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Re: Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

I say just the Bahamas and Caribbean. Probably that statement is 95% true. Not sure if after a few years I would venture further...probably not.

I may ask on a different thread of after awhile the adveturous human nature typically kicks in and causes people to use the boat in a different way then originally intended.



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Re: Hunter, Catalina to sail Caribbean

My plan is also to sail the Carribean with a Hunter. The plan is to start in Florida in september 2016 and sail for 6 monts and then sell it again in Florida. So meaby we could help eachother, when are you planning? I'm looking now already for a buyer of the sailboat. So if you or annybody is looking for a Hunter which is ready to sail, please let me know. The Hunter 33 or 34 will be available end february 2017. The price will be arround the 25 k.
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enrico34 - I looked at the Hunter 33 a few days ago. That will be a boat that I have mild interest in. What year are you looking at. I was looking for a 2004 and 2005. The price on those boats was approx. $75,000. If I made any offer I would offer $60,000 to $65,000.

The Hunter 33 is on the small side but I think would make a good 'starter' sailboat for me.

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