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Canibul 03-10-2006 06:21

Polynesia 42 question
In my never-ceasing perusal of the more common catamaran-for-sale sites, I have seen several of the Polynesia 42 boats. In terms of space, accomodations, and draft they seem reasonable for my intended cruising area.

Anyone know anything about these boats? Like, why are they so cheap? Just cause they are old? Or do the bridgedecks flap around like a clarinet reed or something? Made of cheap balsa and superglue?

mikereed100 03-10-2006 10:10

Before suffering a complete mental breakdown and buying a wreck to rebuild I too was looking into these boats. I read the Practical Sailor review on them which pointed out that they were designed for the charter trade and as such were a bit undercanvassed and that it was a bit underpowered with the stock 18hp diesels. Other than that I think they got good marks and moved well in a breeze. Apparantly they are also 39' on deck. When they made some changes they called the new boat a 42 although I believe they did not lengthen the hull. Go figure. I seem to recall that the hulls are solid fibreglass and that there were no construction issues mentioned. I have a feeling that they are less expensive because they are not so cavernous or luxurious as today's cats. It seems that anything built after the mid nineties must have a washer/dryer, ac, with a hot tub and solarium built into the cabin top to be considered up to snuff.

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