Courtney the Dancer
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Juan Islands., WA, USA
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Re: Help me find a 40-ish foot pilothouse
Like looking for a needle in a haystack, eh? Hard to find the right combination at the right price in a pilothouse. With an unlimited budget, no problem (Amazon, Waterline, Nauticat, Cabo Rico, etc). Trying to find something for $100K is tough, especially if you want it "now". The Sceptre's are very nice and well built and the one I was on had adequate visibility from the pilothouse and had a full helm (not just a joystick), they came with different floor plans (the raised dinette would be a requirement for me - visibility). They hold their value though and I don't think you'll find one in your price range (they also have a very straight shear line, I like curves :-)). Same with the Nauticat 39, beautiful boat that fits all of your requirements but pricey (one of my personal favorites). Our Brewer (Puget Pilot, Three Seas = same) would also be a good choice if you could find one and depending on condition might be in the right price range. Definitely built to cross oceans, dedicated full helm in the PH and a nice cockpit (not large by todays standards but large enough to stretch out in). You mentioned the Vberth/double and with a little carpentry you could remove the small amount of cabinetry on the starboard side and have a traditional Vberth. It's a sloop though (ours is cutter rigged with RF staysail) with a removable forestay and you wanted a ketch. They have teak decks, we removed ours, but if you aren't going to stay in the soggy PNW it might not be an issue (our core was dry). There is the Valiant 40 PH, but generally I think you have to be OK with the blister issues from the resin that was used (I don't know much about them). Ron mentioned the Nautilus and there were a couple of them around when we were looking for our boat, but I don't know much about them either.
That Brewer that has been for sale on YW forever has had structural bulkheads removed to create an "entertainment center", I'd steer clear of it.
SV Laurie Anne
1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse
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