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MuskyMike 07-08-2002 07:42 AM

Schucker 40''''s
I was looking for a retirement coastal cruiser when I came across the 40'' Schuckers. This looks like a nice motorsailer for a couple to cruise the coast and rivers in. Can anyone tell me more about these boats (the good and the bad)?

WHOOSH 07-08-2002 08:33 AM

Schucker 40''''s

You''ll find Schuckers both with and without sailing rigs. We cruised off & on with a Schucker 40 in the Southern & Western Caribbean this past year, spent time onboard, and offer the following impressions:
1. It doesn''t sail. It''s a sail-assisted motorboat and the jib & main offer more steadying than propulsion effect.
2. The layout slept 2 folks, unless you can wedge a convertible sofa into the small main cabin. There was no fixed table but instead a ''desk'' behind the helm station & seat.
3. The galley was spacious, the sleeping cabin (forward of the galley) roomy, and the head roomy but very difficult to use underway due to its location in the bow.
4. With an overpowered Yanmar, it easily reached hull speed but the boat rarely made more than 5-5.5 kts (corrected). It was quick to squat and was definitely slower when motoring than I thought it should be.
5. Had tons of storage, much of it in a large engine room and in lockers, all of which was under the cabin sole and therefore a great place for heavy goods.
6. It sailed about at anchor and the owner of this boat installed a mizzen principally as a riding sail, which made a big difference in blowy anchorages.

Bruce VanSant traded to a Schucker 40 motorboat when skin problems mandated more protection than his sailboat could provide, and he continues to ''commute'' in this boat between the SE U.S. and the Eastern Caribbean. It''s strong and generally roomy but built in a rough fashion. By now, these boats will require a lot of owner attention as parts wear out. There seemed to be an active group of owners who know the marketplace well; you might try to connect with a current owner to find out which boats are about to come on the market and get a better, first-hand report.


atrometer 02-22-2008 01:17 AM

A fairly accurate description BUT it does sail - 5 kts w/15 kts of wind - BUT IT IS A MOTOR SAILOR! I have never met a Schucker owner that doesn't LOVE their boat!

camaraderie 02-22-2008 01:38 AM

atrometer...thats a 6 year old post you're responding to!

sailingdog 02-22-2008 03:58 AM


Not only is a six-year old post, but chances are pretty good that MuskyMike is no longer active on this site, since he only has two posts to his credit, and both were probably from six years ago. If he hasn't bought the boat by now, he probably isn't going to. :D

Please read this post to help yourself get the most out of sailnet.

Jeff_H 02-22-2008 01:25 PM

And just for the record, a forty footer doing 5 knots in 15 knots of wind is so absurdly slow that one might easily say, Schuckers don't sail.


sailingdog 02-22-2008 02:40 PM

Good point... LOL.. :)

Originally Posted by Jeff_H (Post 270286)
And just for the record, a forty footer doing 5 knots in 15 knots of wind is so absurdly slow that one might easily say, Schuckers don't sail.


camaraderie 02-22-2008 03:22 PM

Yeah...I mean EACH of Dawg's hulls goes that fast! :D :D :D

sailingdog 02-22-2008 06:44 PM


Originally Posted by camaraderie (Post 270365)
Yeah...I mean EACH of Dawg's hulls goes that fast! :D :D :D

LOL... And the speed is additive... :)

Schuckerman 02-24-2008 12:31 PM

"Don't revive old threads... If the thread is more than a year old... let it lie.."

Okay Mr Moderator and Associates. Since you've picked on a fellow Schucker owner and I've seen you get on others for reviving an old thread, I have a question. Why doesn't the system delete threads older than a year if it's that important to you? Otherwise, what's the big deal. Inquiring minds want to know:cool:

And for those who make fun of our slow but comfortable boats, here's what I once told an old sailing buddy. He was sailing ahead of us in his Morgan 382 and making fun of how our boat sailed. He calls on the Vhf and says "I can sail rings around your boat". I said, that's true. But I'm doing a load of wash and getting some ice out of the ice maker for my drink why you're sailing rings around me;)


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