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A truly beautiful boat.......BUT, she may be a lot like a beautiful woman....expensive to keep up and not really suited for cruising.

Will she be a "dockominum" or do you intend to go cruising? Personally, I'd lie down and try to get over it.
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Yes Giu, I'm serious about it. I've looked at everything from "Joss" the Mac65 that set all the records back when, to Bendytoy 51's to Peterson 46' Flush Deck IOR's and most things in between. This one kinda catches my eye with the cutter rig (duel furlers) pilothouse (I live in the PNW) and the construction. The nice interior and uniqueness doesn't hurt either. I wanna be able to sail up here year round and we get some really crappy weather during the Fall and Winter. No ice but plenty of horizontal rain and 50 knot winds. It'd be nice to just run reefed and with the staysail when it's blowing dogs off the chains. stoutwench, she will be a sailing yacht and possibly a home for a while as well. I can bet ya she'll go out at least three times a week. Hell, I do that now with the little boat and I've gotta rig that POS up and down everytime. One thing I really liked was all the bilge access and the condition of the bilges. Lots of varnish or whatever he used and not a single drop of water or dirt. You could eat out of those bilges. Yes, the boat's been down the West Coast all the way to S. America so I know it'll go there.
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Freesail99, I used to paint aircraft and boats so a little gun work don't scare me none. I've still got some of the equipment.
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I wish the best of luck with her, I love wood. You will need that eoipment.
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I can't think of anything nicer to use it on. Working on this boat would be more satisfying than painting P-51's and other old warbirds again.
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I can't think of anything nicer to use it on. Working on this boat would be more satisfying than painting P-51's and other old warbirds again.

Hear, hear, I will be loving life working on the boat tommorror, using a foam brush for the first time, to apply varnish.
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I just restepped my rig (that came crashing down a month ago) and this will be the biggest trip since. We're going out Sat. afternoon and ain't coming back till Monday afternoon. It oughta be a blast, just me and Momma. No kids, grandkids or other distractions.
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That's a beautiful and interesting boat, and certain aspects definitely appeal to me. What's the sail area and is it sufficient to drive a 28,000 lb. boat on a 37 foot waterline? That Isuzu 27 hp seems underpowered by half to me, though, and all the nice systems on board (like the washer) aren't likely to be covered by the maximum 55 amp alternator the Isuzu is likely to carry.

But really, that's a quibble. 44 foot of Robert Perry-endorsed cutter for $135K is practically a steal. I would want a sail test in 40 knots, though, to see if there's balance issues at that weight.
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That's a good question about sail area. With the spinnaker you would think it sufficient for downwind work and the Genoa is a 135 I believe. I think one of the biggest challenges would be tacking that Genny across the staysail furler. I reckon you'd turn through and tack the staysail while the wind pushes the Genoa to leward, then trim quickly once the leech clears. The Nordic 44's have a PHRF rating of 84 so they aren't slow. Yeah, that engine looks tiny for this boat.
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Well, my question is how reliable the Nordic 44 numbers would be seeing as this is a custom "riff" on those numbers. I have no doubt from the description that it would be a tough boat, and it looks beautiful, but a PHRF of 84 with 28,000 lbs. on a 37' LWL? Maybe with an 80 foot mast...

I don't suggest for a moment that this is in any way a deal-breaker, but you'll want to extensively do a sail test (and place a deposit to show you're serious) in both light air and heavy air to see if she meets your idea of fast boat or not. I would suggest "stately", and owning a steel cutter in the same ballpark, I know about stately...

The boat might also have a tendency to "gripe" or be down by the stern due to all that (potential) overbuilding. My boat, for instance, carries 1,200 lbs in lead pigs forward, because she's not loaded with supplies in the extensive saloon lockers, and there's no workshop forward yet, no battery for the windlass, and no windlass, either. Throw in a 33 kg. Fortress and I can sell the pigs to a keel casting outfit. For the moment, though, she's half a hand's breadth high in the water and is pitching up by the bow a tad.

You might want to look at her against a sea wall from some distance to judge for yourself: is it cargo that needs shifting, was the line drawn wrong, or does the boat have a couple of inherent issues due to the builder departing from the game plan?

Good luck with this, though. It might not be the boat you think it is, but it could quite easily be even better. Frankly, unless it was a total pig under sail, it's a great deal of nice boat for the price.
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