Hi Paul. I bought our 47.7 five years ago. Ours was not the usual racing
version, instead she had wing keel
only 1.95m which was excellent as we were really after yacht for fast cruising. I ended up spending far too much money
on her...... sand blasted hull
, painted below and above waterline, replaced all teak
decking, installed diesel
genset, installed high volume water
maker, replaced standing rigging
, doubled diesel
capacity, obviously all new navigation electronics
We paid AUD230k for her and were 3rd owner. I put all this lipstick on her and realised after that it was still the same pig before the refit
works. This exercise cost me around AUD150k and bit the bullet, cut my losses..... bought passage
maker cruising yacht....
1. I was never able to make our yacht water
proof. I am not talking about water coming through the mast
when it rains.... Mysteriously there was always massive amount of water in the bilge
after days sailing. It was salt water
and bear in mind we pulled this boat apart to pretty much to the last bolt and nut, even the keel
2. Bigger seas sailing into the wind
she was not comfortable with her round bottom, banging like hell. Also creaking noises were scary and felt like the hull
was bending, please note nicn name 'Bendy Toy'
3. One really annoying design problem to 47.7's is that water doesn't drain from under the main head
. I used to get my hand through tight hole from port side aft cabin
floor and mop the water out. Did this maybe 1000 times and I still hate the job years after. Simply couldn't leave water there permanently as there was that smell!!!!!
4. All metal works were ridiculously low standard. When we replaced seacocks, realised that there were two different metals used for them as factory job. We had one seacock snapped off heading from Sydney
to Adelaide... wasn't nice getting the yacht flooded banging into 30knts. We refitted all stanchions and the way they are done is just crap. They always move and end up leaking. All cleats
are simply mounted on thin fiberglass
with washers under!!
5. Overall everything is so cheaply done, no care what so ever.
Paul, as there is so much bad...... there must be something good too. When I dropped the keel and sand blasted the hull, there were no defects on the gelcoat
. No delaminating or blisters
anywhere. We painted new epoxy
coating and she looked truly beautiful..... red lipstick on
I traded her in and the guy still have her tied up front of his house in Mooloolabah Qld Australia
. He is in England
and is an older bloke who wants to quit all his assets here in OZ. Paul, if you really insist buying
47.7 this is the one to buy as I spent my pennies on it, however pls take my word.... get something better
All the best what ever you choose