I'll ask the same thing here as I did on the <200K thread. There are a number of 40-50' Privilege
and Lagoons from the early 90's. Even a Lagoon
47 for < 300.
It seems that a slightly older but more solidly constructed boat might require a bit more on the front end refit
, but will hopefully be better designed and have less recurring problems than a newer but more cheaply designed/built boat. Maybe the analogy doesn't hold, but the fishing
guys I know all go for Hatteras and Bertram's from the 80's rather than the newer el cheapo production boats.
Maybe it's a case of a first love, but my first cat charter
in the early 90's was a P39, so I have a soft spot for that boat. The FP Tabago 35 and Bahia
46 were disappointing. The FP 35 was near new and already had rust coming out of many of the fittings. Later in '02 the Bahia
46 we had had a lot small details that were annoying and we ended up doing a lot of minor repairs
during our charter
that were just bad design. Latches
, drain hose Ts, etc. I asked the the Sunsail base manager in French Polynesia
about the FPs and he basically said the FP was mass produced to be cheap
for the charter trade
and longevity was sacrificed relative to boats like the Privilege
. Maybe things are different now, but as I'm looking at older boats, I'm dubious about the FP.
Does anyone have any comments on early 90's Privileges vs Lagoons vs ?
I'm having a hard time finding details on what years the P42/43/47/48 were built and what the standard configurations where.
I don't really know the Island Spirit, Admiral, etc. What am I missing?
I've charted a couple Aussie boats in the Whitesunday's but didn't really care for them. The Tasman 4000 was ok, but didn't care for the cockpit
where I tend to spend a lot of time.
position is a relative non-issue for me. I actually prefer the outboard
position, but as Dave from maxingout wrote, the autopilot
does the driving 99% of the time.
I'd also be curious of anyone done any reconfiguring of the layouts. For live-aboard or seasonal cruising I'm not a fan of the micro-heads and would like a bigger shower
. I'd also like a small office/nook with desk and seat/bench for reading. I'm toying with the idea of putting aside some of my budget
for some customization rather than going newer or bigger to get what I want.
Ok, enough rambling. Thanks for the feedback.