Maco, I would concentrate my search in New England or the great lakes region. One of those pampered pups that spent half its life parked all winter in the yard covered shed. Sitting ashore covered and drying out every year seems to the ticket for deck and hull laminate longevity.
Cold water boats just don’t have the frequency and moisture saturation depth blister problems associated with sister ships that have lived south of the Mason Dixon line. It’s simply less exposure. If she’s constructed in a manner that will eventuality cause skin laminate water ingress the cold water boat just sucks up less. During the season moisture begins to make its way into the skin under displacement pressure. Just when that moisture level gets unhealthy the boat is hauled and dries out all winter. After spring launch that prior season high moisture level may not be reached for three or four months.
This type of woman just ages more gracefully and the pedigree will never go out of style. Owners of this boat for the most part have never fallen out of love. Year after year they lavish these ladies with tasteful upgrades and maintenance, even when he has entered that assisted living warehouse. The boat has been and is a family member. For many until death do we part is a reality. I just lust over these boats.
The Westerbeke is so, so…better a Yanmar or Perkins. I think a Westerbeke is a US mairinized something depending on model. Sorry no advise on EU requirements, hope someone will chime in.
You’re going for the best bird at the ball. Make sure her dad knows your going to love her just as much as he does and your family material. Good luck mate and we want photos when you bag her.
Last edited by Delaminated; 09-13-2010 at 10:57 AM.