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Old 02-09-2006
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Going to look at a Niagara 35 next week and wondered if anyone was familar with any problem areas, outside of the cored hull and deck, to be particularly aware of. Any info or comments concerning this model would also be appreciated.

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Ah I know these very well. From one of the best boat builders (IMHO) and Mark Ellis is no slouch as a designer!!!!
First of all I wouldn't be too concerned about the hull construction. Hinterhoeller pioneered balsa core. True it would be much better (my opinion) if the deck was only balsa cored. But like all used boats getting it properly surveyed is a must! The hull is much more stiffer than most and there is added insulation factor as well. But if a hull has received some damage and not properly repaired then that is a big problem!
Lots of Niagara's have sailed the Caribbean,Pacific,etc. No reason if you select one that has been looked after that you can do the same!
These are great liveaboards. they came in 2 versions the original had no v birth. The Encore did. I prefer the Encore model and the sell for more than the other version. Be on the lookout for any with saildrives. I wouldn't want it. Too expensive to repair and in remote locations no-one knows how to fix em!!!!!
I would also look at other makes such as: CS 36( not CYS ) the Traditional & Merlin, CS 33,Tartan,Sabre, and even a C&C!!!!

Fair winds, Allan
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