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Old 08-01-2015, 08:26   #1
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Stevens 47 Questions

I am looking at purchasing a Stevens 47. This is a major jump from my current Pearson 35 so I wanted to see what feedback people had on the Stevens? What are the common problems, what issues should I look for before spending the money for a survey etc? Look forward to everyone's feedback, thanks in advance!
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Old 08-01-2015, 13:44   #2
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Re: Stevens 47 Questions

I looked at buying one but bailed after finding an issue with the steel plate the autopilot hydraulic cylinder attached to in the stern. The only other downside we thought was the small cockpit.


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Old 08-01-2015, 13:50   #3
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Re: Stevens 47 Questions

This is the same boat as the Hylas 47. They are great boats. Bill Stevens had them built for the charter business, so be aware that it was likely in charter use early in life. If you don't mind a center cockpit (I don't, we have one even though I prefer sailing an aft cockpit boat - but I'd rather sail a center cockpit married, than an aft cockpit divorced...).

Obviously, a survey is necessary. It could be easy to become overwhelmed by projects on this boat. They are fun, comfortable, fast, go anywhere boats. Good luck in your search!
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Re: Stevens 47 Questions

Thank you for the feedback, I appreciate it!
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Re: Stevens 47 Questions

They are a nice boat that sails very well, you tend to see these and their sister-ships plying the worlds oceans. If it has been well maintained and kept up to date it might be a good choice but a boat this size can eat a huge hole in your pocket if it hasn't. Good luck!
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Re: Stevens 47 Questions

Bstrep-what are some of the more common issues you have seen with them? Obviously I would like to pay special attention to these areas when deciding if I want to make an offer and spend the $$ to have it inspected.
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Old 13-01-2015, 10:20   #7
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Re: Stevens 47 Questions

If memory serves me I believe Behan on SV Totem is a Stevens 47. They have been cruising for years and currently located SE Asia. Originally from the PNW. Google SV totem for website and contact info. if you can't find a way to contact them then PM me and I will look for her email address

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Re: Stevens 47 Questions

There is also a Hylas forum. Might be good to sign on to that and ask as I am sure there are Stevens 47 owners participating.

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Re: Stevens 47 Questions

File this under "You know you're a rookie if...."

I clicked on this post honestly curious to find out what were the 47 questions that Steven was asking. no kidding.

What are rookies good for if not for humor.
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Re: Stevens 47 Questions

We have owned Hurrah, a Stevens 47 for almost three years and have lived aboard for just under two and love the boat. The design has taken great care of us.

Sure the cockpit is small by modern standards and the seat backs really are uncomfortable after a while, but then you can always set up temporary back rests. The setees in the salon have steep backs and aren't the most ergonomic. We have the older head designs that do not really separate the shower and head as much as we wished. The biggest drawback is the ladder-like companionway. These are all obvious attributes that you can see how they fit into your preferences. There aren't any hidden problems or flaws that we have heard about or observed.

That said, the boat sails well and has a great motion in rough weather (including the much talked-about Fall 2013 passage to the VIs). There is plenty of room to store gear, spares, and provisions and still fit two kids on board. With a few upgrades here and there, you can have the benefits of a more modern cruising boat in a proven design with an outstanding build quality. We did a lot of shopping and, for our needs and preferences, we didn't see a better value. Happy to discuss more. Contact information is here:

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