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Let's talk motorsailers/pilothouses

I'm looking for ideas.
Here's the parameters:
Motorsailer/pilothouse.
must have inside helm.
Draft less than 5'
Under $50K
What would you buy and why?
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Probably mostly a BC kinda boat, but if you can find a Cooper you might want to take a good look. Have done a delivery in a 32 and believe that they had several models in the mid-30's size range. Solid boat.
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What length? not that I personally would want a boat with less than 5' of draft depending upon where I am going. Gulf, Fisher, nauticat are among a few that I know of with what you describe.

Jeanneau has a model or two from the mid 80s that might fit your need. I would need to look it up at the owners site to verify/remember the model name. The few I have seen fit the $$ amount, not sure about the rest of the requirements.

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Gulf, Fisher, nauticat are among a few that I know of with what you describe.
As I posted to Mr Jones on another site unfortunately the "Under $50K" leaves Nauticats out of the picture People are still looking for over $70K for a 70's model and it only goes up from there....
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Pilothouse sailboats are kind of like "condoms" for sailing. I believe in going commando.
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Pilothouse sailboats are kind of like "condoms" for sailing. I believe in going commando.
Which is okay if you're undercanvassed.
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I don't think you'll see many Nauticats for that price.. Most of the pilothouse boats are larger boats, and as such are going to be out of your price range. IIRC, Cape Dory made a small pilot house boat, but it was a pretty rare beastie.
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Which is okay if you're undercanvassed.
Hey, I don't even have a dodger! Talk about undercanvassed!
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Okay, here's the list of possibilities that has sorta popped up:
Capital yachts Gulf 27
Capital yachts Gulf 32
Fisher 30
Willard Vega Horizon
Fales Navigator

Anybody have any thoughts on any of these?
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First BL you are seriously into Motor Sailor territory by the looks of things. None of these things is going to be nippy under sail alone, or so I would have thought.

That said and given where you live a Pilot House or Deck Saloon of some kind would seem to make sense and for my money motor sailing is better than no sailing at all.

The Fales and the Willard are the same boat by different builders ? I kind of like the look of them in a weird launchy kind of fashion. Would seem to be the most Motorish of the choices but thats just based on a pic or two.

As a Sailor I'd have guessed the Capitals to be the best of your nominations. Again only based on a few googled images they good a well built thing. Probably top of my list if you want to do any real sailing.

Personal opinion but I never did like the small Fishers. As Motor Sailors go the Fisher 43 (42 ?) was a pearler but the little one look like they sailed off the pages of an Enid Blyton Noddy book.

So based on my presumption that you'd like to get out and about when its a tad chilly and are not obsessed with super dooper sailing performance you could do worse for yourself.

Hey Smack...sorry to hear you have lost your sprayhood.....
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