Originally Posted by Jeff H
There were two very different companies that built 39 foot boats that were called Mariners. The one boat was built in Taiwan
and was an absolutely miserable boat in all respects, but particulary with regards to really poor build quality and sailing ability. Run don't walk the other way from one of these turkeys.
The second Mariner 39 was constructed by a New England
based company. These were reasonably good coastal cruisers. Build quality was a cut above average. Sailing ability was not bad. They came as aft cockpit
and center cockpit
layouts. The aft cockpit
version has a lot more storage
and a slightly better layout for distance cruising. The center cockpit
version has all of the problems associated with trying to cram a center cockpit layout into way too short a boat. Other than that these boats have a pretty light ballast to weight ratio, especially when considering their shallow draft
, encapsulated keels.
Though an old post, we all know that people come here to thoroughly research
the boat of their dreams and no post is too old to continue.
The 39 Mariner built in New England
is not an encapsulated keel
, it is a bolt on fin keel
These boats, though not on the top of the list with Westsails and Peterson's for blue water
are solidly built, much more so then any production boats of the 1990's or later period and have the capabilities, with an experience sailor to do anything you wish it to do,
They have good tankage, thick hulls, strong rigs and with the right electronics gear
, etc, they can get you anywhere where a catabenetahunter will not.