Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
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Re: Is a 44' too much?
Actually a Mercer 44 is not a large boat. It probably has less interior space than a modern 35 footer like a Catalina or Hunter. Its' a long, lean, head turning machine. When you sail it into a new harbor heads will turn. Can't say that for a modern boat. You don't buy this boat just for the interior. Although I'm not a big fan of centerboards for ocean crossings but I could make an exception with this design.
I agree with what you are saying about labor and cost but that only applies when you are comparing similar type designs.
I think it's sad to scrap this boat.
The Mercer 44 may be long and lean but its ballast alone is almost 2000 lbs heavier than the Catalina 27. Displacement 27,000 lbs, ballast 8,600 lbs, and a sail area of just under 900 sq. ft. Everything on the boat will be heavier - read more expensive - from sheets and halyards to rigging and so forth.
I also doubt that the only damage is what is visible when a 27,000 lb boat falls over. Especially after the insurance company writes a 200k check for it.
Sure is a pretty boat though - I have always liked Bill Tripp's designs.
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