Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 31-05-2016, 19:00   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 7
Landfall 39 by Ron Amy

I had posted this on the ! monohull section but thought I would ask here as well.

Today, 09:05
I am looking at a Landfall Pilothouse 39 designed by Ron Amy built in Taiwan at Sino American Yacht builders. That and the information from sailboat data is about all I can find on this boat. I would like to know if anybody has knowledge of this model or knows of an owner's group online. The one I am looking at is on an inland lake, curious as to how it got there. This will be a first boat of any size for me, the family will be new to sailing and we are raising two grandchildren ages 14 and 3 so I want a stable platform for them to learn on. I would plan on leaving on the lake until I can find work closer to the coast or back in Louisiana (wife's home state).
I will do a haul and survey, as I do not want a major project but minor work and TLC are well within my skill set.
PwrStkr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31-05-2016, 20:02   #2
Senior Cruiser
Jim Cate's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2008
Location: cruising SW Pacific
Boat: Jon Sayer 1-off 46 ft fract rig sloop strip plank in W Red Cedar
Posts: 9,149
Send a message via Skype™ to Jim Cate
Re: Landfall 39 by Ron Amy

As with all Taiwan builds, quality can vary enormously from t he start. Then factor in lots of years of use, abuse, and owner peccadilloes. A stringent survey will be a start; be sure that all s/s bits are checked, for Taiwan stainless is highly variable in quality and chain plate failures are not unknown. By this age, deck core problems are very likely, so be sure to check that carefully. On some Taiwan builds, knock-off winches and other mechanical bits were used, and they, if present, are likely to be crappy. And so on...

I've only been aboard one landfall 39. It had been based at Kwajalain atoll for several years with only spotty maintenance, and to be honest, i was not favorably impressed with anything about it. It was a long time ago and the details have escaped my sieve like mind, but that's the impression I was left with. IIRC the owner, departing after a long period of employment on Kwaj, did get her back to the States and then sold her off.

Wish that I could be more upbeat about your prospect, but in your place I'd be very cautious.

Good luck,

Jim and Ann
s/v Insatiable back in MBTBC marina, waiting for next eye jobs to be done
Jim Cate is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Landfall 39 by Ron Amy PwrStkr Monohull Sailboats 9 28-08-2016 16:29
We're new at this. From The Summer Amy GJSWilkinson Meets & Greets 2 19-08-2015 13:58
For Sale: Landfall 39ft - by Ron Amy felixqld66 Classifieds Archive 5 15-03-2012 16:06
Has Anyone Heard from Amy ? SabreKai Our Community 4 22-07-2011 10:40
Captain Ron irwinsailor Fishing, Recreation & Fun 5 02-03-2003 16:56

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:19.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.