LOL Curmudgeon, you really are a curmudgeon! I'll be back on the Cape end of March till it gets cold again and I frequent Cambridge and other funky parts of Bean town
If my motorcycle and long hair don't annoy ya too much we should do lunch sometime!
Sailorman, you just described my woman...AND my philosophy
But she just needs a bit more space than I...funny cuz she is so tiny (litterally 1/2 of me)...and if she isn't smiling it will be a mighty short trip.
I am focusing in on these next 4 at this point and would love your opinions of them (most notably how they will likely handle at sea...good bad and the ugly) and suggestions for others I may be missing.
First the Westerlys (Sealord 39 and Corsair
What I don't like about em is that spade rudder
. Just seems that if you look at it wrong it could break off. Makes me want to invent an "emergency rudder" that can just be clamped off the arse...what I do like about them is that they are cavernous! The woman will LOVE them (course I too am imagining where the dive gear
and folding bikes will go)....and provided i don't slip back and snap the rudder
on reef or rock they seem as if they are quite seaworthy
(english built, Lloyds cert????)....like the shallow draft
I have taken a liking to this particular 39 Sealord. It represents the largest in both size and budget. I actually talked to the owners (who knows they might read this) a few months back and they seemed the sort that keep things tip top...were aboard when I called. It also seems to already have some of the "newish" gear
I would want to have (power management, new GPS
, among others), recent bottom work, etc... which would reduce "refit" costs...
1984 Westerly Sealord Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
I like the 36 Corsair
probably even more.
I have had some experience with one. I "helped" (basically could have been alone) a family
friend move his 36 Corsair about 150 miles east bound in the LA ICW
to New Orleans
. I put helped in quotes because I was actually made to "captain" it (owner was greener than I which is just barely possible)....Long story short, the boat was in rough shape. Most glaring things I saw were: all engine
instruments were inoperable, power management displays were dead (could not tell if it was charging), fuel filter
of unknown age/condition with no spare, engine
compartment was not draining to bilge
properly so water
was up to mounts on arrival, power supply to GPS
was intermittent, lone anchor chain was badly corroded, and the engine didn't like to idle etc...
I was ready to walk back to New Orleans
but the owner insisted we go. I figured screw it, once in the ICW
if it shits the bed
I'll just coast aground and hitch hike back to the Big Easy! So I patched it up and checked it over best I could (chopped bad section of anchor chain out, adjusted throttle cable so it idled most of the time, pumped out water
, re-wired GPS sort of) and instruments be dammed we left. Was the first boat I ever docked let alone "captained"....but as it turned out the choice of captain
was a sound one (describing the owner as green was an understatement I soon found)...spent 3 days transporting her.
It impressed me at least under power, but admittedly I have little to compare it to. It liked to go straight on its own, steering
very precise at all speeds, and was SUPER maneuverable at docking
speed....would turn 360 deg in its own length.
This is just a good example of one, I like the ketch
rig but only a few were rigged this way from what I have found:
1986 Westerly Corsair Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
If I were doing this alone I would go for one of the following 2 without hesitation...they have the full keel
and seem to be proven tough bluewater boats...I feel like in heavy seas if you could just stay on that they would stay on top no matter what which makes me feel pretty warm and fuzzy inside:
I am liking this particular Cape Dory
36 and rumor has it I can keep it pretty close to my budget (thanks Doodle)....Again I like the modified full keel
. Looks like it can take a hit and still retain its rudder. And this one seems tip top with a lot of recent equipment
I would want on any boat so it seems it would take little to set her up for another go after the initial investment:
1982 Cape Dory Cutter Rig Full Keel Sail Boat For Sale -
Ok this last one is my personal favorite, and as it happens the least expensive if asking price is any indication. But likely the "Admiral's" least favorite. It is a Hallberg-Rassy Rasmus. Just read a book that I really liked describing a couple taking one of these 3/4 of the way around the pacific from Seattle
to Hong Kong
which emotionally biases me significantly. This particular one being the only one in my part of the world AND that it has just had a significant re-fit makes it a real contender. Again even by Crumudgeon's math this one should not take much. Hmmmm, wonder about the engine??? Well it eeent original equipment
1972 Hallberg-Rassy Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
So what can you guys tell me about these choices and my logic behind them? Are there any other boats I should be looking at?