Originally Posted by Hiracer
I never developed strong feelings on insulation
. I think the quality of the original paint
job is most important thing. Foaming less so.
I looked at a 1970s Dutch steel boat
. Her interior paint
was still in first class condition.
I have no experience with steel
hulls, but I would be inclined to agree with you. I would think it would be preffered to have a good coating and panels
that i can be easily removed for inspection
or repair access.
From what I gather, this hull
was redone in 1997 or so, but the interior hull
may have been repainted since then. I'll find out when I see her and sit down with her current
That would not surprise me at all.
You don't need to coat mild steel fuel tanks. My fuel tank is part of the keel also. Weight down low where is does a boat good. And it's out of the way. Perfect.
I like the location too, but the lack of even difficult replacement scares me. So there isn't much chance of corrosion
due to condensation
main/day tank concept
I like a lot. Cleaner fuel to the diesel
Shore power: I don't use it, for the most part. I hook up when I need AC for drills, etc.
I think we'll use it a lot initially. If we end up living on her before we head
off, we'll need highspeed internet
. Not to mention for powertools.
The alternative would be a small genset...
I had originally, more or less, written off the idea of a genset. We don't see much point in Air Conditioning
, or microwaves etc.
But a small portable honda
unit may be a good idea for when we are in locations with no shore power
and need power for tools or backup power needs.
If the owners of this boat have been dragging her around the continent after themselves, that means they loved the boat.
They definitely do, but at this point they want to downsize to something more in the daysailer size.
Do measure your sail area. Here is a calculator to compute SA/D ratio: SA / D Ratio You do understand that sail-area-to-displacement ratio is a dimensionless ratio?
I'm not 100% sure what her SA is, but I know that her mast
is 37', boom is 12.6' , "J" is 14.8'
You calculate the full sail area correct ?
So 273.8 sqft for foretriangle.. 150% genoa
would make it 410.7 sqft
That boom looks to be 3.5' from the cabin
So 211 sqft ?
484.85 or 621.7 sqft (with 150% genoa) ?
Her federal registered (documented) weight is 16,780.... so 17,000
So you end up with 11.73 or 15.05 ????
I wish I knew her LWL....
Those photos of her sailing show her before she had the hard dodger
, so not sure if her current
battened main has any roach
If you are looking for a hard-core couples cruising boat, personally I would be more than a little excited about this boat. I like her.
really, I haven't been looking at her type, but I've always liked the idea of a narrower boat since the time I sailed on a Peterson
33 for a week.
When I found out she was coming up for sale
, and her owner sent the specs just for interest's sake... my head
started thinking....steel.... small but maybe just right..... well taken care of.... got some gear
that works well....attractive price
In regards to the boats we have sailed..
We have never owned a keelboat before.
I learned to sail/race on a 18' Sol Cat in the late 70's, and eventually got busy with other things.
Once married, a friend offered to let us sail his dinghy
for the afternoon at the lake (without telling us the hull leaked). A chance to introduce my wife to sailing gone bad... the boat was awash when we got back to the launch ramp
Thankfully a year later, a friend took her out on a hobie 16, on the trapeze, and she came home wanting a sailboat.
A pile of books
, formal training
, and days on the water
We currently own a racing dinghy
and have bareboat
chartered the typical
monohulls for a couple weeks a year.
Beside those, we have sailed for a week or more on a small C&C
, a couple Bayfields, the peterson
33 and a formosa
I'm one of the lucky ones, with a wife who adores sailing, likes wilderness camping, can fix a head, and looks good in boots.
In regards to the owner's group... that was the only place I could find any info about Buchanan's work
. That led me to post here to see what other thought about her.
Thanks for the advice