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I spoke with Bob Perry about the Lafitte 44 a couple of years back cos there was one for sale in Australia. I confess I didn't think much of the thing compared to other BP designs such as the Norseman 447, Passport 40/41/43, or even the Baba 40 or Valiant 40 but BP was quite positive about the design and the boats in general. To my mind it is not one of BP's best sterns but I have to admit they look better in the flesh than they do on paper.
To me it still looks like a canoe stern Norseman 447 but there is no denying that for the era they have a good reputation as a fast cruiser and better than average build quality for a Taiwanese boat.
Usual rules apply to buying a Taiwanese boat in particular look at the tanks. Original deck fittings and rigging could be dodgey but its unlikely in a thirty year old boat that any of the original fittings are still being used. Chain plates need careful inspection and if not already replaced are probably due for it.
BP would have to try really hard to design a bad boat I reckon so its ultimately going to come down to the condition of the boat rather than any inherent problems with the design itself.
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Last edited by tdw; 03-07-2011 at 05:16 PM.