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Old 23-01-2021, 10:43   #1
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Considering /dreaming to purchase a 70FT Santa Cruz Racer...sailed a little in Van. BC years ago. less interested in racing although that may change as time goes on. I want to change the interior to a real living space for travelling..got family in Cabo San Lucas/Van.B.C./Florida/New York...I know..a lot of ground to cover..also thinking Belize as a not so central point to launch..Currently City of Angels. Back to the interior. I am pretty handy..I think 3D...I invent THINGS...but I am hesitant....not a finishing carpenter..don't want to balls it up. I need direction with interior planning...weight distribution insofar as appliances...etc. Planning on a trip to Belize..A Mahogany capital..but it is a Hardwood..interior at present relatively skeletal in nature..and white...Also may want to raise deck somewhat at the entrance to the belly of the boat...Well I've said it...crazy right???...any thoughts?
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a 70 foot boat !?!

even in perfect condition, i'd pass
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to the forum, Sean.

I cannot tell if "sailed a little ... years ago" applies to you or that particular 70-ft boat. If you, then I would agree with you that is a bit "crazy". A 70-foot boat is huge for a novice.
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Old 23-01-2021, 10:59   #4
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The photos below are of a SC70. Finely equipped with a nice galley, elegant salon seating and dining table, cozy sleeping berths, and a functional head. Bright white interior. Why change anything?

Perhaps add a bean bag or two for comfy seating while sharing sundowners.
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Old 23-01-2021, 11:05   #5
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Quote: "...I want to change the interior to a real living space for travelling..."

What is "a real living space for travelling" ?

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Quote: "...I want to change the interior to a real living space for travelling..."

What is "a real living space for travelling" ?

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Reference images perhaps to get some interior redecoration concepts.

https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=...w=1280&bih=553
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[QUOTE=wolfgal;3326550]a 70 foot boat !?!

even in perfect condition, i'd pass[/If that's your boat in the picture..I understand your conviction....but thanks for reply.QUOTE]
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to the forum, Sean.

I cannot tell if "sailed a little ... years ago" applies to you or that particular 70-ft boat. If you, then I would agree with you that is a bit "crazy". A 70-foot boat is huge for a novice.
"sailed a little is me...the boat is in excellent condition...as a novice I started two successful companies in unrelated fields and sold both to partners..I am working on #three..hence Belize..At an early age (17). I.was a shunt man for a large trucking.. company...backing trucks (40ft) into stalls all day..long. I have worked with large equip. my entire life.
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A shower seemingly would be a welcome addition to the racer, now cruiser. One could convert the head to be a wet head by removing all the wood paneling and cabinetry and install water proof materials. Alternatively a shower could be installed in the bow V compartment, just install a curtain at the bulkhead, a bench to sit on, and configure a drainage sump.

One common area accessible utilitarian toilet is okay for a small group.

As the wise yacht owners adage goes in regards to the maximum number of persons that are allowed on board:

Six for drinks.
Four for dinner.
Two to sleep aboard.
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Reference images perhaps to get some interior redecoration concepts.

https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=...w=1280&bih=553
Thanks for real information on the subject matter...
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Maybe a repeat..but worth saying....Thanks for real information on the subject matter....appreciate it.
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Perhaps these then:

https://www.google.com/search?sa=X&s...ih=553&dpr=1.5
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a 70 foot boat !?!

even in perfect condition, i'd pass
And thatís your opinion ^

Iím sure many wouldnít.

To the OP.... you sound like someone that can figure things out. I wish you best of luck and hope you take it on. Sounds awesome.
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Re #6 above:

Bbbbut - that sort of "real living space" requires at least a 90-footer, doesn't it :-)?

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I know that Bill Lee designed a cruising interior for one of the 70's...with a new deck/interior/transom modifications....etc. There was no reference to the cost of doing said work, I can imagine it being almost the cost of the boat.

That said, I raced on a 70 a couple of times here in the Great Lakes, as there was a pretty active group of them. They are big boats that require a crew of at least 3 just to sail, at the least. We usually had a crew of 10-12 for races, but could barely get by with 3 if there were no spins to manage. Crew quarters are pretty spartan, but manageable. If you wish to really create a nice cruising interior, it will be a lot of work, and $$ to do so. If I recall, they need at a minimum, 10' of water as they draw 9'. They are fast, really fast, but can be beaten by newer smaller racing boats. One owner I raced with spent $47K on just a new mainsail, now this was a state of the art sail, so a good cruising sail "can" be 1/4 of that. Having nearly 1500 sq ft of sail means furling headsail, and lots of fun taking down the main..something to consider.

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