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Old 26-11-2006, 16:42   #1
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Thoughts On Passport 51

Anyone out there have any experience with a Passport 51, sailing characteristics, build quality, common problems etc...

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Old 12-04-2013, 11:44   #2
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Re: Thoughts On Passport 51

I was the first buyer for the Passport 51, designed the interior and sailed it through out Mexico, the Caribbean and down to Venezuela. I have all the information you could need. Call me at 256-627-5594.
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Re: Thoughts On Passport 51

What year? I had a 47 AC... 1985.... It's my understanding that when Passport changed from Ta Shing (90-ish?) to a new chinese yard, the boats weren't as well built for a while. I think things got back on track after that. However, I think they were always pretty darn good compared with some other boats....
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Re: Thoughts On Passport 51

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Re: Thoughts On Passport 51

well, it's probably pretty similar to my 47 then. The woodwork by Ta Shing is the best out there. The fuel tanks/water may be buried under the cabin sole and you need to look and see if it's possible to replace them. Any tank that old made of metal in the bilge is due. This could be a big thing.
My 47 had such a wet saturated hull, so wet that when I sold it, it was getting blisters INSIDE the boat! I doubt that is typical to Passport, but just sayin'..... check the bilges!
The glasswork is great.... and strong. The decks are sandwich construction, using 3" x 3" square plywood blocks with resin mix between them.... so less likely to pick up water intrusion as balsa does.
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I sold my boat years ago. Thought you were looking for information about the Passport 51.
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