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Old 27-03-2016, 09:00   #31
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Re: What's the best boat you've ever owned?

Have owned 2 boats, a Catalina 27 and now 1978 Bristol the Bristol as has been noted by previous responses...solidly built, w/ centerbrd up draws only 3'10"...sails very well altho a bit of a challenge going to windward...but still learning about her as this is year 2 of ownership. Felt completely secure when single-handing her in small craft advisories last season on long island sound.
PS Planning on sailing to 50th Bristol reunion in Rhode Islnd this June

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Old 27-03-2016, 17:31   #32
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Re: What's the best boat you've ever owned?

Indeed ,every of us have their own needs but after a 40' wooden boat and a Van Destatd 54 ,finally get a Perry 47 ,center cockpit .ketch .It have sailing around the world two times and at present Im restoring for another voyage .Really must be considerer in an boat election .Several of the sailboat mentionedpreviosly have been design by Bob Perry under the Perry concept .Take in account .Regards

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Old 27-03-2016, 23:49   #33
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Re: What's the best boat you've ever owned?

Thanks to all of you for your replies!

You've all offer some great stuff for me to look into and consider it is much appreciated!

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Old 28-03-2016, 06:48   #34
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Re: What's the best boat you've ever owned?

I've had 9 boats.
Best all around one, if you want to travel, was an Ericson 35. Had wonderful interior arrangement that was very easy to use, including a great shower stall. Was a bit short on storage cabinets for long trips but had no other vices. Sailed well in all conditions. Quite fast also. The only change I would have made was a slightly larger engine as the 24 HP Universal was just not enough when punching into higher wind and slop. Speed dropped down to 3K or less when the going got rough under engine. With an autopilot and Dutchman main system, it could easily be single handed. It's old age and $ that keep my current boat down to 25' or less.
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Old 28-03-2016, 23:02   #35
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Re: What's the best boat you've ever owned?

I had a recent event jog my memory, regarding methods for contacting owners:
If a boat's truly of interest, then send the owner's a note/contract request via the marina office. So that then the owner can decide if they are up for chatting with you.
It's a way to pretty definitively ensure that your message gets to them. And a few people have used said method to reach me, over the years.

So, it's fairly failsafe.

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Old 14-05-2016, 10:45   #36
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Re: What's the best boat you've ever owned?

OK, Don't hate on me for this one (I'm a power to sail convert...praise the Lord and pass the me!) 1965 NJ Eastern Sea Skiff...and old Clinker built power boat that I literally bought off the bottom of Willoughby Bay in Norfolk, Va way back in 1988. Raised and restored her. Named her "Handyman's Nightmare". That boat got me back into boating. Next boat, a 1950's 40-foot Matthews power cruiser that I bought for $500, live on for 3-months doing a lot of work and sold her for a bit more than $6000 (for a young kid in the US Navy that was a Sh#tload of money. Then, bought my first sailboat....O'Day 21. What a lovely little beginner boat...still my favorite sailboat even after I upgraded to a Columbia 27. The C27 was nice, but was a bit more than I needed and the wife hated it....Although the ex-wife apparently adored it during the divorce (I got to keep the O'Day). Waiting on a survey for an 81 Hunter Cherubini 27....somehow I feel that the two of us will be a good fit. So, for now....favorite sailboat, 21' O'Day.
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Old 14-05-2016, 10:57   #37
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Re: What's the best boat you've ever owned?

Early in this thread I mentioned my "best boat" as my foot long wooden toy that I pulled by a string when I was six, but I should list my best big boy boat.

I've lived on three boats, the first for one year and the second for 13 years, but my Morgan 41 ketch has been my home for 31 years and is definitely my best.


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