Originally Posted by chef2sail
They are good boats. I hope its in good condition. What are the common fail pounts to watch out for on E38s. If you like the "feel" of the boat and the layout ( that mast in the center of the salon will take some getting used to). The two in Md look good. The Kent Island one looks in the best condition with an updated engine, while to Serverna Park one has a new engine ( I have seen this one out sailing actually).
We like those two E38s best too. I'm using them as comps, taking into consideration their trucking costs to get here. Unless the local E38 blows us away, we're still planning on making the trip out east. (We've got a friend in CT who is now expecting us.) There are other makes we want to see and selection locally is very limited.
The one thing I have read over and over is the E38s don't do well reaching and running in heavy winds. That concerns me. I've had a lot of fun on those points of sail and if I had my choice sailing on a close reach or on a broad reach when the wind kicks up, I'd take the latter any day. But, from what I've read, the E38 is far better sailing the former than the latter.
One comment said if you have an autopilot, running and reaching aren't so bad on the E38. Sounds like she's hard to control.
This will be our first boat and maybe our last. My unfamilarity about the process may work to my advantage, in some respects, because I have a list of criteria I want to include in the sales contract. I'm also ready to walk if I feel I'm being bullied. I don't expect that though.
My father was an attorney and besides being raised on trial
he drilled into my head the importance of CYA. I have a copy of the YBAA sales contract I've already read through several times just so I'm familiar with it. My dad also drilled the importance of knowledge.
I'm not expecting the contract expertise of my father to come down from above and fill me with legal brilliance that ultimately result in my sales contract setting precedent for all future contracts.
But I am going to ask for what I feel is needed and I am going to read everything thoroughly before signing on the dotted line.
Still, I know I'll have to be on guard if the warm fuzzies kick in and the broker senses a weakened prey. Not a fan of being eaten by a shark.
I'm taking the advise here and putting it into a Word file to help me through this part of the process. I really appreciate the help. Thank you!