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Passport 40 engine location

Looks like a fine boat that we're considering for offshore but not too sure about the engine location in the salon. Seems like it would be noisy and hot. Anybody HA ve experience and comments? Thanks!
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We've spent some time aboard one in Mexico... the surround must be quite well insulated because I don't recall any excessive noise - and it's warm everywhere down there. Certainly our boat with the engine under the companionway is noisier.

Member Labatt here owns a P40 - perhaps he'll weigh in; once you have 10 posts yourself you could send him a PM.

The Passport 40 is a lovely boat and one I'd take anywhere...
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I just finished a delivery from Florida to NJ of a Passport 40. Engine noise didn't seem any greater than any other boat, and the access was great when we had to deal with some engine woes.
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I like the position of the engine in the passportd 40. I have a freedom 32 and the engine is in a similar positio, it's no more noisy that any other boat. This location is also good for weight distribution and general engine access.
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FWIW, the current issue of Cruising World has an article on six reasonably priced boats to take around the world and I beleive that the Passport 40 was one of them.
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Late to the post... just saw it.

We love our Passport 40. Yes - the engine can be noisy in that spot but if you work on soundproofing you can make the sound level drop to levels lower than many other similar sized vessels. It can heat up a bunch, but the idea is not to run it . I'll gladly take the heat and noise, however, for our ease of maintenance. Easy (and I mean EASY) access to three sides and the top. The transmission and stuffing box are located in just as easy spots to get to. We've been in storms to 70mph on her, with sails up, and she's behaved like a champ. She's big on the inside but small enough on the outside to be easily handled. There are a number of known issues but they are well documented. There's actually a Passport group on Google Groups if you search for it.
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If not a Passport 40 then what?

Thanks for your post. I really appreciate. This "search for a boat thing" is harder than it seems. Just curious, if you didn't have a Passport, what would you want?
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We've been looking at larger used Passport's, Tayana's, Hylas's, Taswell and a few other designs. We've found that we really like the quality of the woodwork and detail on the Taiwanese/Chinese boats. They all have similar issues (mostly metal related), but they can be dealt with. We're looking for another bluewater boat.
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