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Prout Snowgoose 37 Elite

Me and the wife are buying a new liveaboard sailboat, and we have been looking at the 2002 34ft Beneteau Oceanis. we where going to buy the boat when I came along a for sale ad for a 1987 Prout Snowgoose 37 Elite. the 22 year old boat is a cat, and I have never had a cat, but its around the same price as a 2002 beneteau. My question is this, has anyone ever been on a prout snowgoose? are they as good as everyone claims they are? and should I go with a 22 year old boat over a 7 year old boat? The prout has way more room, but 22 year old boats for a hundred thousand dollars+ kinda scares me...
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Yes, I've been on a Prout Snowgoose. Yes, they can be pretty decent boats and were generally pretty well built. Yes, they have a lot more room than a 34' leadmine. As a liveaboard boat, the Snowgoose would be a lot more comfortable and a lot more liveable.

It would help if you said where you were planning to liveaboard—since you might want to have the boat on a mooring, rather than a slip.


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Me and the wife are buying a new liveaboard sailboat, and we have been looking at the 2002 34ft Beneteau Oceanis. we where going to buy the boat when I came along a for sale ad for a 1987 Prout Snowgoose 37 Elite. the 22 year old boat is a cat, and I have never had a cat, but its around the same price as a 2002 beneteau. My question is this, has anyone ever been on a prout snowgoose? are they as good as everyone claims they are? and should I go with a 22 year old boat over a 7 year old boat? The prout has way more room, but 22 year old boats for a hundred thousand dollars+ kinda scares me...
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thanks sailingdog

Yeah I dont live in marinas lol. Im more or less have always lived off the hook. but we would be around the ft. myers to tampa bay area.
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Then, if the Prout is in good condition, it would probably make a lot more sense to own as a liveaboard... Also, the draft on the Snowgoose would let you use a lot more anchorages than the Oceanis... 2' of draft vs. 4.5' of draft for the shoal keel version of the Oceanis...
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Just do not expect it to sail that well if you have it loaded down with lots of "stuff".
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