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Re: what is a comfortable boat to be on for a long time
well what i realy want to know is if the hartley is a good safe boat to be on for a long time in open ocean and if it is not too cramped
CLI .... we are venturing into a discussion on the length of a piece of string. If, and I do emphasise the if, you were to find a well found Hartley of this type then there is absolutely no reason why you would not have a perfectly safe long distance cruising boat. The problem is that most Hartleys were amateur built often in very ordinary circumstances by amateurs who knew bugger all about boat building in general and even less about ferro but were sucked in by the hype about home building ferro boats. Ergo while there are diamonds in the rough there are also an awful lot of utter mongrels.
As for comfort ... the interior specs also varied according to the builder so again it is not possible to be specific but the interior of these things would be about average for a boat of its period which could be quite acceptable though not as roomy as e.g. a 21st century Beneteau.
How about some pics of the boat in question ?
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