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Old 06-07-2011, 13:44   #1
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Mason 33

Mason 33 steel ketch,is cruise ready and needs a basic tune up. Any info on the type and handeling, I have an opportunity to get this for a good price 22k and need some input. Were a family of 4 and it appears to meet requirements. Currently I am in a Grampian 26 so this is a nice step up.
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Old 07-07-2011, 17:43   #2
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Re: Mason 33

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Mason 33 steel ketch,is cruise ready and needs a basic tune up. Any info on the type and handeling, I have an opportunity to get this for a good price 22k and need some input. Were a family of 4 and it appears to meet requirements. Currently I am in a Grampian 26 so this is a nice step up.
A Mason 33 is a lovely design, but you might find a steel version of the design to be a wee bit slow. Other than the normal issues associated with a steel boat, and assuming she passes a careful survey, she would do well for cruising I think.

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Old 08-07-2011, 13:14   #3
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Re: Mason 33

Thanks for the info, I am not really worried about the speed loss, I am looking more for stability and the ability to make sae passage. I found out today that it is a little outfitted more then i had originally thought, she has solar / wind already and self steering vane, hard packed life raft (4 person) and they are also including ground tackle cqr 200ft chain and bruce 100 ft chain and 150 rode. Needless to say this was nice info, basically she will need a refit so to speak of interior cleaning and repairs, modifying her more to keep the family in a comfort zone during the passages.
I just did 1o days with the family and spent 8 of the 10 on the hook. All responded well and enjoyed the time to actually get to know one another again. My kids are 11 and 13 so they are in that leave me alone phase. Hopinf to begin the cruise to bahamas in fall of next year, as is the reason for the upsizing.
Watermaker is a must so I either buy or it is already there.
Out of curiosity do you that do passage's have back up GPS plotters or hand helds, as redundency. I have a garmin 441s as main and my explore150 handheld as backup. Some input on how much redundency would be appreciated.
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Old 08-07-2011, 21:20   #4
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Re: Mason 33

My brother had a steel Mason 33 that was built by the Davie Brothers shipyard. He owned it 15 years ago. He is out of the country but will be back in a couple weeks. I will ask him about it. If I remeber correctly it had a steel hull and plywood/glass decks. We found some documentation on the boat that indicated it had been sailed around the world in the 70s-80s. It seemed like a sensibly designed boat with a good sea going interior. I suspect that since they were not built in mass production and built by a few builders, that most ended up a bit different. I liked the boat and often wonder where it is now.
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