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  1. Elzaar
    I had to shorten my last message down to get it to send.

    Thanks so much for the thoughts and observations. I very much appreciate it.

    How are you adapting to life after cruising?

    I have changed out sailing companions over the past few years, so no need to apologize. Life is a continual change, I'm finding. I agree with you that it's important to be able to single hand, but both these boats appear to be manageable. The boat probably far more so than I, anyway.

    All the best,

  2. Elzaar
    Hi John,

    The T42 has basically the same companionway. The only difference is the T42 is set up to go directly over the bridge deck to get to it.

    The T42 does have a shower of sorts. It also has the balsa cored hull and deck, so that would be closely checked on survey. This T42 is also better set up for sailing from the cockpit, but that is fixable on the Hood.

    I think the Hood appeals to me just a bit more than the T42, but the owner of the Hood seems to feel his has the same value as a Mk II. The result is the T42 can probably be had for something on the order of $20,000 less and with a new engine and sails. Both boats have absentee owners, but the T42 is further along the "get the boat sold" curve (which means said "new" items have been sitting two years).

    How did you find the Hood in light airs? This one is set up with spinnaker, which may be more than I regularly want to manage.

    All the best,

  3. Elzaar
    Hi John,

    Thanks for the response. We are still in negotiations and now a new wrinkle as a Tartan 42 has come up for sale nearby. Trying to decide whether to continue negotiating on the Hood 38 or focus in on the Tartan 42. I can likely get the Tartan a bit cheaper ($10K). The Hood really is beautiful, but it's a tough call.

    Did you find the Hood was fast and responsive enough under sail or did it seems sluggish? I'm looking for something that will be a pleasure to sail (not on her ear), but able to point reasonably well. My other concern is the size of the galley. It sounds like we had similar sailing dreams, so I really value any feedback you can give.

    All the best,

  4. Elzaar
    JOhn, I've been lurking your comments for years. I am finally getting ready to make an offer on a Mk I. I see you are selling your Invictus? Any final thoughts before I make an offer on a W38 out here in Seattle? Also, do you know the LWL/BWL ratio for them? I can't locate an accurate on any where.

    Best of luck to you!

  5. Jochen
    I am new here and I am just going to buy a MKII. If you are so enthusiatic about the Wauquiez Hood, why do you sell Invictus? I have 15 boats in my bookmarks now and I just said to one "Well lets do the deal!". Do you have special advices for my visit and the survey to look at?
    Best whishes

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  • About John Drake
    Vessel Make/ model
    Wauquiez Hood 38, S/V Invictus
    Vessel Name
    S/V Invictus
    Stuart, FL
    USCG 100T Master's License, sailing and towing endorsed
    Ham radio, Sailing, diving, boat design, cruising, oceanoggraphy
    former scientist, former naval officer.
    Lived aboard for 7 years, cruised for 3.
    Now settled and teaching online.
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