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Old 19-03-2021, 16:50   #31
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Re: Worth changing the stern?

Originally Posted by JeremyFowler View Post
Hi from NZ.
We've just upgraded from our little trailer-sailer to a Cavalier 39, mainly so that we can let the grandkids enjoy some of the joys too. Am about to bring it home for a big maintenance session (busy preparing the cradle now and nearly bust a leg today when one of the beams slipped onto it...).
I dislike the "double-ended" stern and was wondering if anyone has had experience converting a similar GRP stern to a walk-through, sugar-scoop type of transom. The big negative, other than all the work, is that big back hatch that will get removed. The positives would include a rapid draining cockpit, easier access from the tender, easier to retrieve a MOB, it looks more modern, and it should increase the waterlength a bit.
Any help with actual experience or actual observation would be much appreciated.

Seems to me you bought the wrong design boat.

To make these huge alteration takes skill and lots of money.
Unless you know what you are doing I think you should get a second and third opinion from a boat builder.
Why not invest in a good boarding ladder so the kids can get on board easily, improve the cockpit drain and go sailing?
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