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Old 15-05-2010, 09:28   #1
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Hello From Pennsylvania - We Need Help !

Hello everyone!!! Me and my girlfriend are very excited to start picking everyones brains!....I am a young sailor who grew up racing lightnings and lasers, my better half is completely unexperienced but full of drive to learn and be great. So basically we joined because we have decided that we want to learn everything we can, buy a boat, and start cruising. I am a photographer by profession and am ready to see the world! We realize that we have quite a journey ahead of us but we're ready. I'm very new to the market of boats in this size range, but I'm curious if anyone can give me some advice as to what kinds of boats would be acceptable for a world trip. I have my eye on a Hughes 38' Mark 1 1968 (Sparkman and Stephens). Would something like this be acceptable with the right set up? Well nice to meet everyone and hopefully we will see you out there soon.

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Old 15-05-2010, 09:31   #2
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[QUOTE=HotSauce n Juan;452725] I have my eye on a Hughes 38' Mark 1 1968 (Sparkman and Stephens). Would something like this be acceptable with the right set up?


A simple answer is "Yes".

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Old 17-05-2010, 19:57   #4
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Welcome to the forum. You sound like you have a good seaworthy eye if you zero'd in on a S&S design. Have fun boat shopping, and happy adventures.
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Old 28-05-2010, 20:08   #5
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Hi Hot sauce, we too are in a similar situation to you and are looking for the perfect boat for a family of 5. We are looking at a s&s 47. I will get back to you when we have gone for a sail in her and I have let the family loose onboard.
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one thing to be careful about

The Hughes 38 was originally outfitted with an Atomic 4 engine. That's gas, and most sailors will tell you they have a strong preference for diesel aboard, both for safety and reliability reasons.

Chances are good that the original engine has already been replaced, perhaps with a Universal diesel. If so, the Hughes might be a perfect boat for your needs. If not, keep looking.
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It is always great to see someone share their excitement as they step out into the world of sailing. So thanks.
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The Hughes 38 and the Cal 39 are at the top of my list of boats I'm looking at. Cap'n Fatty's Hughes 38 has done very well with him.
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Thanks for that. The Forum is really good and we are spending quite a bit of time looking at everyones advice and ideas. Its facinating to see what other people get up to.
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hi wellcome (may the wind allways come from the stern) it might be good to do a bit of crewing ,say on casual wensday nite sailing regatters at friendly club,thay are allways looking for crew enjoy youll love it
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