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Old 17-04-2007, 23:54   #1
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Maple Leaf 42'

Hey guys, I need some advice. We went and looked at this boat today. YachtWorld.com Boats and Yachts for Sale&

We put in an offer for 92k!!! We fell in love with her interior and everything. She has a centerboard not a full keel. I have no knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of such a boat. She also has an adjustable backstay wich I know nothing about. We plan on sailing from the northwest south to Mexico for a couple years and then the south pacific. We are a family of four and she is perfect for our kids. My big worry is the lack of a keel. But the shoal draft sounds realy nice. I just wonder how she will do on the open sea. The reason I put an offer in is because it is a smoking deal at 92k. Up here anyways.
So do any of you guys Know anything about this boat or any info or opinions will be much appreciated
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Old 18-04-2007, 02:18   #2
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Congratulations!! I've only heard their reputation and what I've heard is they are good quality. Sorry I can't help with any more.
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Old 18-04-2007, 02:54   #3
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Other boats, same broker...

Have you looked at the Cheoy Lee Perry 44 listed by the same broker?
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Yea, we looked at the Cheoy Lee months ago. Was not impresed. The Maple Leaf is bigger even though it is a 42' , the layout is better and build quality is superior.
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Old 18-04-2007, 12:06   #5
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Looks like a great boat from the pics and she is well made. If the survey checks out - you've got a winner.
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Old 18-04-2007, 18:32   #6
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Just got a call from our broker and our offer was accepted!!! Kinda scary. If anybody has any info on this boat it would be great. Thanks
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Again, Congratulations!!
The combination centerboard and shoal keel will let you go many places I can't with a 6' draft on my 42.
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Old 18-04-2007, 21:02   #8
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Thanks, the broker compared them to cascades but I am having a hard time finding info on them. Tried to call Stan Huntingford the designer but unfortunately he has passed away.
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Interesting boat the ML 42 ... There was one in Moss Landing a few years back. I also looked at it. But, being 6' 6" tall, I wasn't impressed with the galley (being way forward) with only 5' 8" of head room. On the other hand, if I were to find a short lady friend .. ::shrug:::
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Yea, the galley is definetly an issue since my wife is 6'1". My wife is willing to accecpt it though because she loves the rest of th boat so much. She keeps saying "I dont care buy me that boat". I thought how i could get her more room and think i could put in a skylight for her. Cut out the roof and raise it with a hatch. That is if she bitches about it for more than five years.
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I don't know how they are similar to a Cascade. Cascades are fin keelers. 42-44 with 11'2" to 12 foot beam and 6 foot draft. Each one is finished differently by different owner/builders.
Anyway, Cascade Yachts is still in business after nearly 50 years. You can find them on the web either at Cascade Yachts or Yacht Constructors.
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The broker said they compared to cascades in build quality.
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Build quality would mean that the hull is bullet proof. Since owner/builders complete the rest of the boats then he must have been just refering to the hulls.
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Sweet, very nice looking boat. Good luck.
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Just checked out the photos. A real beauty!!!
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