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Old 21-01-2020, 12:27   #46
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Re: Maverick 440

Now I'm totally confused/baffled/upset.
I have been "seriously" considering a Maverick 420 for sale. Asking 399k USD. It's fully loaded and ready to sail off. It is hull #9. They only made one 420. Its a 400 with extended read boarding platform, so not quite the 440, but 3.5 feet longer than a 400.


I'm seeking financing it now and should know tomorrow if I'm qualified.

Not sure if I will have issues with it or if I should now NOT consider it. It really fits my needs for equipment, design, wood, interior, etc. I plan to circumnavigate in it.
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How do I contact Andando? Sent a PM.
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Old 22-01-2020, 04:35   #48
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Here are two other reviews of the Maverick 440


https://youtu.be/ceh6L30WyAY


https://youtu.be/Jd_kdgajC5I


I've seen the 420 you refer to in the Durban Marina. I haven't been on it. It looks good from the outside. The sugar scoop extensions made for it could have been more aesthetically pleasing but it was the first attempt at extending the 400's rather steep aft steps.


It's called, or was called, 'Perfect'. The Maverick 400s, that one 420 and the 440s are all laid up in the same mould. The 420 was a 400 that the client at the time requested the factory to extend the sugar scoops.


After that one was manufactured, Rudi then got the designer of the Maverick, Phil Southwell, to design an extension to the sugar scoops of the 400. The result is the 440 but they are all still laid up in the same moulds. The 400 has an extension added to it to create the 440.


I've spent the last ten odd years looking at various cats, with the intention of buying a new one when I choose to sell up and cruise. I do not want a production cat. Cut a long story short, based on my criteria, I've chosen to buy the Maverick 440, I initially had hull #23 reserved but my plans got pushed out.


Over the last eight years I've got to know a good few of the Maverick 440 owners personally, they have all expressed their satisfaction with their choice. I've sailed on two different Maverick 440s. I have no affiliation to Maverick, other than I think I can say I've seen more Mavericks than anyone other than the people who make them. I've flown to Cape Town a number of times to visit the factory.


I think if you're going to base your decision to buy any of the various cats out there (in this price range) on one negative report then you will not buy any cat at all. I've personally have had a long discussion with Rudi about Andando, he's honest about it and the steps that were taken. I'm not going to get into that, save to say I feel satisfied.


Good luck and fair winds.
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Old 22-01-2020, 07:03   #49
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Thank you for the feedback.
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Old 25-01-2020, 08:14   #50
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Thanks all. Well, after looking at boat 8 defects and then a few pictures of hull 10, I decided to pass on hull 9, Maverick 420.

Maybe if the 420 was hull 15 or 20, but the actual next boat, logic tells me that while Andando was taking delivery and stuff breaking, hull #9 was already in the same mould or perhaps out of the mould before ANY issues from #8 were known. THus, any issues in #8 would not have been addressed and changed before #9 was in production. This idea/thought is TOTALLY my thoughts and not based on any fact or information I found.



Ultimately there are tons of boats for sale that will meet my needs. So, given that fact, I chose not to take a chance with the 420....even if it was a 1 in 30 (not sure of the Maverick production numbers). I really liked it and some really nice features and layout, but even if the boat was perfect, just worrying about something for the next 10 years of ownership turned me off. I'd buy a Maverick if the hull number was higher.
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Unfortunately there's not just one though ! I will follow this with some pictures of ANOTHER one ....cracks in all the same places as mine but WORSE .These cracks extend almost the full length of both decks .This one also has a large blister -larger than the size of your hand plus others along the port hull .There are approx 60 cracks that I saw - photos to follow
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Not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but the window forms along the sides had been beat up, assumably from piling on the one I saw.
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