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Old 17-05-2013, 04:19   #1
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Looking for input on this 39' Wittholz Steel Cutter

Floridian Yacht Sales (Coral Gables, FL)

The above link is to a boat I am quite curious about. I have read all threads about steel vs. fiberglass so I understand the advantages and disadvantages of steel construction. I have also read all threads about twin keels, although there is not too much out there. I just thought I would post this here to see if anyone had some input on this particular boat.

It would be used to move my family aboard here on St. Croix and for the first few years local sailing in the VI and some down island hopping too. Eventually we would be doing more extended cruising. I don't like the idea of having to pay for insurance so a steel yacht would give me piece of mind during hurricane season.

Things I like about this boat:
Built by professional engineer in 2000
Steel with proper coating inside and out
Beautiful interior
Nice galley
Great engine access
Nice V-berth for my son and aft cabin for me and the admiral
Price


Things I am a little turned off by:
Twin keels (although they do seem to have some advantages)
Center cockpit (I like sloops or aft cockpits)
Wheel steering (I prefer tiller)


Any input is greatly appreciated. I understand by posting this it increases interest in the boat and someone could buy it before I have a chance to see it. Oh well, I'll take the chances.

Aloha and Irie Vibes from St. Croix!
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Old 17-05-2013, 18:37   #2
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Re: Looking for input on this 39' Wittholz Steel Cutter

Looks like a well thought out boat. Like any other steel hull, make sure you have a good steel expert surveyor and look behind panels and in inaccessible nooks and crannies.
My preference would be 3/16 plate for the entire hull, with 1/8 for the decks and cabin.
There appears to be good protection for the centre cockpit so you should have no problems there.
The wheel, if properly engineered is a pretty standard way of doing things for a boat of this size.
The ports could be vulnerable unless heavy duty.
I agree with you about the twin keels, but a decent trial sail will show whether they are a problem.
Overall, looks like it is worth closer inspection.

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Richard.
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Old 18-05-2013, 04:46   #3
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Re: Looking for input on this 39' Wittholz Steel Cutter

Thanks for your input Richard!
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Old 21-05-2013, 04:31   #4
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Re: Looking for input on this 39' Wittholz Steel Cutter

Bump!

Any more input?
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