Originally Posted by dewsnapsmith
I am seriously interested in buying a Nauticat 33 for single
handed long- term (virtual liveaboard) long distance cruising.
I have seen 2 which interst me: both are 1974 versions.
Any advice; cautions; suggestions; or general comments would be appreciated before I go to view them.
Before buying such boat, make shure you you have enough room to handle the maintenance
of the engine
. If the engine
is a Perkin 4.236, it is a very good engine but hard to work on it unless you have enough room around. Check the tanks
for deposit or algea that may stop your engine as soon as the sea get stormy. On deck be carefull to set the main sail....I have the same comments for a 36 or 44, mine was a Seafinn 41 that went around the world but as I said, engine compartment not very big and setting that main was dangerous on heavy seas. Teck decks are a nightmare on the tropics maintenance
wise but they have no equal in term of safety
. During our Three years cruise
, I was almost barefoot all the way, later I found that I needed one size shoe wider!