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post #54 of Old 01-17-2013
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Re: Last Boat- Time to look at the end game Cruising Boat


When I bought my last boat (a C400 which I sold last december) I looked very carefully at both Passport 40 ( a good friend of mine owns one) and the Tatoosh/Nassau 42.

The Passport is much more pleasing to my eye with a more pronounced sheer and a better looking transom than the Tatoosh.

Some of my impressions / opinions:

+Very nice looking boat
+ High quality
+ Interior joinery is first class.
+ fantastic galley
+ storage galore

- Very (and I mean very) small cockpit. Like a (small) 30 footer. seats are not long enogh to lie down.
- The pullman berth version has a small berth. you do not want to be a large person...
- the quarter beth is tiny, 2 people has to virtually lie on their sides to fit (or on top of each other ;-) to fit
- The aft head placement under a seat in the quarter berth. Who wants to sleep next to a toilet?
- Often came with weird diesel, such a Nanni...
- I suspect (have heard) that the boat is quite wet, I guess a drawback of the relatively low freeboard.
- I have heard that they are under canvassed (except for SF Bay conditions...)

If I was looking at a Passport again, I would look for a 47' or 49' (same boat, different transom?) which are similar in layout and looks to the 40' but with the interior volume approaching that of a more modern 40' boat.

+ Excellent galley
+ even more storage than the passport
+ aft head and shower is ginormous
+ Good engine access.
+ Superbly beautiful interior fit out.
- very tight cockpit behind the wheel. The helmsman settee is very close to the wheel. (or vice versa)
- V-Berth bed is very high off the cabin floor = reduced headroom, harder to get into, slightly claustrophobic feeling
- curved settes.
- Aft pullman berth is in hottest, least ventilated part of boat. This type of arrangement seemed to have a pretty short life (Nordic 44 and Mason 44 has similar arrangement).
- Aluminum toe rail just does not look right on this boat...

In the end we had to be honest to ourselves and admit that as much as we love the look of exterior teak, we do not like to maintain it. As much storage as the above boats have, the storage in a C400 ora Bene 473 is plenty for a 2 person crew. We elected to get a newer boat for the same money and it suited the cruising we planned to do, and did, US east coast and Bahamas, perfectly.

If we were to cross oceans, we would have bought a HR, Amel or similar. If I were to do US east cost and Bahamas, carribean again - Catamaran is the way to go. Lagoon 400 owners version, or if performance is an issue an Aussie built cat called Fusion (unfortunately neither can be had for OP's budget of 200K...). A nice Lagoon 380 can be found for $250K.
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