I have a Privilege
37. It is a VERY well built boat. The systems are well implemented, the finish is outstanding, the constructions is very solid, the cost is outrageous.
I have gone through 2 hurricanes with the boat tied up to the docks via the cleats
, no stress issues. I have had occasion to replace the main traveler rope clutches
, they where mounted on backing plates
. I have gone through the electrical
systems, it was well done until a prior owner decided to cut and splice lines. I replaced the entire lines. They were all routed within conduits with VERY annoying regular tie downs. I had a hose fail (Hot water line with a bit too much pressure and temperature I suspect, Turning up the heat at the tank might not have been the brightest idea).
The boat is VERY dry, except for one hatch
(Lewmar) that needs the latches
replaced. Three hatches are fairly well crazed, but they are 14 years old. I have Lewmar
They are very reliable, no failures. Replaced the anchor winch
because of a impending rust failure.
The boat has a water tight collision
bulkhead in the bows. Double hulls throughout the underwater sections of the boat. It is a cored hull on the topside, solid fiberglass
on the bottom (removed a couple through hulls and reglassed).
The rudders are VERY stout. The bushings for the rudder
are Duralon and are subject to swelling. This can be fixed however by removing rudders and dressing them up every 10-15 years or so.
It is a bit under-sailed, or a bit heavy in a cruising configuration. I will say however that it has surprised me how well it sails
when I am not loaded down to the waterline however.
I have been trying to figure out how to replace the shower
fixture without cutting the nice shower
pan. No insight yet. I think the mounted the fixtures into the shower shell then dropped the deck
hull on top. Can't see an easy way to get to the back of the fixture to remove the retaining nuts... Annoying, but one of these days I'll figure something out.
No rust on any of the stainless fittings, have to assume they are all 316 stainless. The plastic covered lifelines
leave a bit to be desired, but that was the standard then. They are lower down on my list to replace cause I don't see any rust on them at this point.
There are some stress cracks in the gel coat in the corners of the cockpit. This is the only possibly a design flaw I have been able to identify. It is more asthetics than anything, but I suspect there is flexing in the deck that resulted in the cracks. I will probably groove this out, refill and then paint
cockpit. Can't imagine getting to the underside and reinforcing with Kevlar or such.
So, Just a few of my musings.