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Dickerson 41
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Fri December 6, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


"Southern Cross", center cockpit ketch, Earnest Tucker designer, Cambridge, MD (deceased). LOD 41.5, LOA ~45, beam 12.5, draft ~5, 24,000 lbs. Aft double cabin, companionways forward and aft and inside passageway aft. Conventional main salon, nav station and galley flanking companionway steps, head forward to starboard and vee berth double. Cold-molded wood construction, mahogany strip planked hull over oak frames, teak decks over plywood, laminated plywood cabin tops.
Aluminum masts, both single spreaders, outboard chain plates. Staysail added by first owner during 1975-79 circumnavigation. Shoal draft cutaway forefoot full keel underbody. Distintive clipper bow with a short sprit. Often mistaken for a Whitby 42 (but much more attractive!). Powered by a Westerbeke 4-230 70HP diesel driving a three blade feathering prop.

Very comfortable, solid, roomy cruiser which makes surprisingly good speed in light and medium air. Adequate upwind but typical shoal draft leeway and ketch pointing ability. Best sailed flat, which is easy to do as the boat is very stable. Fine entry seems to contribute to performance under power and sail. Good dry ride upwind or reaching in heavy seas, downwind is a chore due to ample transom (see roomy).

Original owner circumnavigated by way of the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Galapagoes, Tahiti, New Zealand, Hope Town and England from Chesapeake Bay. Popular local boats built in Trappe Maryland in wood and fiberglass by Dickerson Boatbuilders. The Southern Cross is believed to be the only Dickerson to circumnavigate. Currently cruising the Great Lakes from Port Clinton, OH between upgrades.
Current owners Don and D working a lot and sailing a little in preparation for another cruise.......... Wouldn't trade for just about any other boat, draws a crowd wherever we dock. Would love to hear from other Dickerson owners. E-Mail DonWogs@aol.com.

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Registered: October 2007
Posts: 4
Review Date: Sat October 13, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $75,000.00 | Rating: 0 

Pros: Wood decks
Cons: Wood decks (Hey its a love-hate thing)

Dickerson made great boats.
They died from the luxury tax like so many smaller yards.
Beau Soleil is now 31 years old but is still going on strong.
We have circumnavigated in her.
We crossed the Indian 4 times. (With the monsoons it's down wind both ways)
We survived an attack by a pod of Killer Whales.
Gone north to Maine; south to Cape of Good Hope.
Max speed- 17.8 knots while towing warps in the Southern Ocean.
Slowest speed- 0 knots for two days becalmed off Panama and loved it.
Worst storm- been through 4 Cat. 5 Hurricanes; thru the eye on two.
Breakages- broke the Bob stay in the Tasman.
Best moment- today. (Today is always the best day.)
Favorite spot- Chagos
Do it again?- Hell, we are!
Best place on the web?- http://education.of.a.falcon.googlepages.com
Check it out-- It is the greatest love story ever, best ever adventure!
Who are you?- Mike Riley
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