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Old 01-05-2009, 22:16   #1
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Mariner 31'

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In my search for my first very own Bluewater capable cursing vessel I've looked at Triton, Cape Dory's and the list goes on. But one boat I keep going back to. The Mariner 31', I know they were built in Japan. I've seen there general spec's. I've even seen a few in my price range. I've tryed to do a search on the forum but keep getting unreleated postes...

So I'm requesting anyone with any information on the Mariner 31' or links to any sites that may sway me away or towards her, let me know.
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Old 01-05-2009, 22:56   #2
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Exceptionally well designed and well built boats, from what little I know about them. I have never sailed on one, or even been on one, but I've seen one out sailing and it was impressive in it's sea-kindliness, and a real head turner for a cruising enthusiast. Everything I've heard about the Mariner 31 (admittedly 2nd hand) has been enthusiastically good. There usually spendy to buy (way over my meager budget), but, as with everything, you get what you pay for.
I guess you've already searched Mariner 31 on Google and found Mariner 31 and the reviews and comments available from the search engines.
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Old 02-05-2009, 00:05   #3
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Mariners are indeed great boats. Some of the first were built in wood, the rest are bullet proof glass hulls with glassed over plywood decks. The decks were their weakness. Many of the lower priced ones have deck rot issues. One of the things I like about the 31's and the 32's(they came out of the same mold), is that they draw only 3'8" but have 6'4" headroom in the cabin. I've just started a total rebuild on a 32 that I paid $1,500 for. I started a blog for the project;
| The rebuilding of a Mariner 32

Also check out the Mariner Owners Assoc. website. Lots of good info.
Good luck in your search.
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The one I looked at 4 years ago had rot in the companionway trunk.
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Aloha,
Here's a link to the Association. All you've heard about dry rot being a concern is true. Having owned an all wood Mariner 35 for years I too was very concerned about dry rot and delamination. My transom started to delaminate (they used plywood). I've seen other owners completely rebuild cockpits and cabin tops because of dry rot.
Check the specifications of Tritons to compare hull length and LWL. You might find them to be a better choice in a good price.
I truly do love the Mariners but they do have that dry rot problem.
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Any Dry Rot in the decks should be found by the survey, correct?
I looked at the Triton, the headroom is just a bit small for me, and I think I fell in love with the ketch Rig honestly.


San Juan I'm going to be really keeping and eye on your blog, Best of luck to you.
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A "good" surveyor should find all the dry rot. If you are sailing in dry areas (little rain) you should be able to prevent dry rot by keeping all above waterline painted or glassed over. Dry rot starts where freshwater can find a way to the plywood in the decks, trunk, cockpit, cabin sides and top so fittings need to have proper bedding and be freshly painted or varnished often.
Mariners are beautiful and I saw a really pretty one at the Moss Landing Marina this last year that made me fall in love with them again.
There are a couple of different versions. One I know of has a spoon bow with a bowsprit. Mine had a clipper bow with a bowsprit. The clipper bow version has a bit less room below than the spoon bow version if the LOD is the same.
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