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Old 09-06-2010, 11:12   #1
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Looking at a Coronado 41 - 1972

Greetings from a newbie...

Ok, so I have been reading as many articles, posts, blogs, forums, etc. on buying a new liveaboard. I've been told that the Coronado, C&C, and Columbia are all built in the same factory, and for all intents and purposes are the same quality boat. Yet, I find a wide range of opinions on these being good boats.

Primarily I am looking for a liveaboard (75% of my decision is for a good place to hang my hat, 25% on a good sailing boat). I live in Seattle, and my sailing will primarily be in the Puget Sound, Straight of Juan de Fuca, the San Juan Island chain and the inland passage between Canada mainland and Vancouver Island.

A friend in town has a Coronado 41, and it really is a roomy boat. however, I don't want to buy a headache either. Its well taken care of on the inside, but I have not seen a recent survey, so I don't know about the hull and decks.

Any thoughts, advice, criticism, encouragement, etc. would be really appreciated.


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Old 09-06-2010, 11:21   #2
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It is true that Coronado yachts was sold to Columbia Yachts and some models were continued by Columbia for a period of time. I own a Coronado 25, but cannot safely comment on the build quality of the other boats. I can say that mine is 41 years old, rock solid, and I sail it in plenty of stressful weather.

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Old 09-06-2010, 11:30   #3
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Great. Thank you. This has been quite a process of tracking down who builds what, and what is good, bad, ugly...
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Old 10-06-2010, 17:43   #4
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Aloha Freedom,
I will only say that they make a fine liveaboard. I had friends who really loved theirs. They are not generally noted for their sailing ability nor their beauty. They are noted for their room below.
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