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Old 24-01-2009, 07:19   #16
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Got to do it.

Farrier 36 or 39. Both of your criterial are fully satisfied with either.
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Old 30-01-2009, 08:58   #17
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To be slightly more specific: Pdq 36, Leopard 38, FP, Prout 38?
What do you think? Or is there something else I should be considering?
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Old 30-01-2009, 11:23   #18
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I'm afraid there are only two PDQ 36s on the West Coast, and neither are for sale. Sailing from the East to the West Coast would be and adventure, but the boat is perfectly capable of the trip.

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Old 30-01-2009, 13:06   #19
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We bought a 50' Prout Quasar out of Venezuela. It was an older boat that we refit, but it was only $120KUS. It sails well and I believe it is highly rated by Chuck Kanter. If you're in the Miami area for the boat show, drop us a line and we can show it to you. Loree A. Aboard SeaWolf
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Old 30-01-2009, 17:22   #20
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42 footer. Cheap. Needs a little work. Find it if you can.

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Old 03-02-2009, 08:03   #21
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What size boat?

Look into Performance Cruising's Gemini catamaran. I don't know what they go for now, but a used one would definitely be in your budget. We cruised for 5 years on a Gemini and loved it. We felt it was too small for what we wanted to do next so we now have a Prout 50. On the Gemini, we did coastal US cruising into the Caribbean, but several people have done blue water cruising without any problems. The builder sailed one across the north Atlantic about 2 years ago and encountered some pretty rough weather. The boat is tough and it made the trip easily. Take a look at their website (Performance Cruising \ Gemini 105Mc Cruising Catamarans \ Telstar 28 Trimarans). They may still have the videos from Tony's trip on it. If not, they'll probably be able to get the info to you. Ask for Sue Smith and tell her that Loree and Bill said hello.

One thing we always tell people who want to do some sailing but have no experience, is to go out to local boat clubs and marinas and talk to sailors. Offer to crew for them. It's a great way to get information and learn things. We also have a website (The Cruisers Life - Home). You might find some good information on it. I'm always looking to improve the site, so if you have any ideas or topics you'd like to see discussed, let me know.

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Old 03-02-2009, 08:47   #22
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I think the key here is how you define "extensive blue water cruising". Island hopping down the east coast, or the west, to say Venezuala and circumnavigating the caribbean, Gemini and PDQ would be very capable. If you wanted to do transoceanics, then you'd want something with water tanks that can hold 100 gallons, and probably 100 gallons of fuel. You'd also want something with a bit more clearance than a typical coastal cruiser would entail. The problem is that in your size range, it's very difficult to find something that would sail fast and have larger tanks as the waterline really doesn't support it. But that's really fine, you don't have to be fast, you just need to sail well. If you were thinking 200k I'd start looking at older privileges. It has the tankage you'd need and it's a very solid boat. I think you'd also find it for the size having more room that the FP or Lagoon due to the nacelle. If your willing to spend more, say 190k or so, you could go to the Admiral 38. It's substantial beam provides more room than any other boat mentioned here and is a full blue water boat.
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A reliable watermaker reduces your tank requirement (for water) and also means you can stay out from the busy and expensive places longer. PDQ folk are pretty content with 55 gals in the boat's gas tank and a couple jerry cans. Ten miles per gallon on a no wind day is pretty good, and rarely necessary in our cruising grounds. Then again, PDQ folk are pretty content anyway.
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Watermaker solution

Sandy,
Having a watermaker is exactly what we were anticipating doing. We carried about 60 gallons on our Gemini and have 2 huge water tanks on our Prout (about 100-120 gallons), but it's a lot of weight that we don't want to put on the boat. Right now we're at a dock so don't need it, but will buy one just before we drop the lines.

What watermaker are you using? Are you happy with it and how is the manufacturer's customer service? I'd like to put something on our website (cruiserslife.com) about watermakers but can't find anyone who has one... hard to believe, I know. Anything you can tell me would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-02-2009, 10:32   #25
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Mine is pickled while I'm here in the Chesapeake. I got called out of the country and let the Spectra on my previous boat freeze solid. Not pretty. So almost anyone else is a better source of info on watermakers!
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Sandy,
Oh, well, thanks, anyway. Maybe someone else can tell me about their experience with watermakers and vendors and provide me with recommendations for some good ones.

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Recommendation...........

I would go with the Windstream 38. Great sail plan; virutally unlimited water, 8-9 knots to weather, Twin Yanmar 38's, low entry cost.
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At that price slot an older Lagoon 37 is a great boat.
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I would go with the Windstream 38. Great sail plan; virutally unlimited water, 8-9 knots to weather, Twin Yanmar 38's, low entry cost.
I'm not familiar with this boat. Website?
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