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Old 17-10-2015, 10:44   #16
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Re: 35 to 41 ft CRUISING SAILBOAT

Be sure to check out the Pearson 40. 4'2" board up 9'6" board down. Great cruising boat, single hands easily. I've taken ours to the Caribbean and Bahamas from New England several times. Ours in on the market, located in Bristol, RI; see her on Yachtworld.com
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Old 17-10-2015, 11:17   #17
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Thank you alansmith lost her just over a year now, sorry about your dog that is hard like a kid. I will look and get back to you.
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Old 17-10-2015, 11:23   #18
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Thanks
Scaramanga I think 31 or 33 ft would be better for me.
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Old 17-10-2015, 13:12   #19
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The Tartan 37 is a particularly sweet boat, and great for the Bahamas.

I'm a tad your senior and singlehand all over the place. What helps me a lot is having a 3rd reef in the main and a head sail that is no bigger than a 110%. As such, I can reef the head sail and still have decent shape at 75% and with a 3rd reef in the main, I'm good to the high 30s with that set up.

But key is a good autopilot, or two. I have my trusty Alpha 3000, aka Dr.A, below deck unit plus a Monitor Windvane as a backup...that I never need.

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Old 17-10-2015, 15:02   #20
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Re: 35 to 41 ft CRUISING SAILBOAT

http://m.sailboatlistings.com/view/53329
I know its not in Florida but it makes a great live aboard and it's all ready to go no upgrade needed and I will split the shipping cost with you if you're interested it is a great sailboat I have over 130 in it with receipts including a peal job and 2005 pulled the boat in 2011 and still not one blister
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Old 18-10-2015, 03:30   #21
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yeah alot of morgans down there for cheap..i used to be charlies aircraft mechanic ...spent a month on one in the bahamas, all we had was a rdf back in those days...didnt even need it really, never ran aground
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Re: 35 to 41 ft Cruising Sailboat

There are a variety of models in both the Freedom & Island Packet line, which would meed your spec's. Ditto on C&C's, which I run across pretty often that have very reasonable prices.
With the Freedom's, sail handling is almost a no brainer. Just be sure to get a Good survey, to include Thermal Imaging, to check the cores in the hull. Same with the C&C's.
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Old 18-10-2015, 04:29   #23
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Thanks Roniszoro good advice.
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Old 18-10-2015, 05:11   #24
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If speed is not a priority you might want to consider a Morgan 33 Out Islander. Is has more living space than many 37's and draws 4.5.
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Here is is my Beneteau First 38. Currently located in the Cayman Islands
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Old 18-10-2015, 10:14   #26
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My morgan draws 3'11" and you are right has more living space. Very open and comfortable living and sailing.

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Kennyarmes is yours a 36 ?
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It is a 33 but has as much space as a 41

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Re: 35 to 41 ft Cruising Sailboat

Check out this Carter 35 in St. Petersburg Fl. Only 1' 9" with the board up and 6' with it down. These boats were built in England so, not many in the US. They are well built. It would be fantastic for gunk holing in Florida and the Bahamas. Good luck with your cruising. Looks like I'll be 70 before I go full time also. On well 70 is the new 30, right:


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We were going to look at some Tartan 34C's. Stumbled on a "Bargain" 37c although her decks need re- cored (an issue you need to look out for on most modern fiberglass boats), we put a new furling system on her, a new main with a tides luff system and it is very easy to handle and manuever. We need to add a lazy jack system to help with mainsail handling. Ours has a Westerbeke 40 ( most came with the 50). A four cylinder diesel like this one is quite easy to live with as they are relatively smooth runners. She motors at 6.5 knots in calm seas. Easily sails at speeds exceeding 7-8 knots. Also most T37C's came with 3 speed primary winches which is nice. You may easily find one between Florida and the Chesapeake Bay area.
No matter what you go with,
Make sure you have a nice 4 cylinder diesel
Make sure the sail plan is easy to work with.
When you walk the decks be aware of the surface -is it spongy or soft? Maybe even walk around an extra time barefooted to check.
Eventually when you are ready to "pull the trigger" get it surveyed. Don't let surprises foil your desire to sail!
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