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Fales Explorer 38?

Wondering if anyone has any experience with these boats? I'm having a difficult time finding any information about them, not even how many were made. I'm looking at one that has really caught my eye, and it seems to be a extremely rugged, solid bluewater cruiser with excellent fit and finish below. Perhaps undervalued because not as well known as a Corbin, PSC, Tayana, etc.? Short-term goal to continue cruising New England area while upgrading, longer term to take down the East Coast to the islands, possibly Bermuda. Any input appreciated!
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Could you post a pic of the boat please.
I always found the Fales to be uncommonly homely looking. Maybe that has something to do with its lack of success.
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Homely?! Well, I'm a Yankee - kind of like the tough, trawler look myself...I also own a Pekingese which most people confuse with an alien, and will never win a beauty contest. I guess I may not be the best judge.

Not sure if this worked - new to sailnet. Here is the original brochure (one thing I did find):

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Um, perhaps is the latent cruiser in me, but I find that boat stunning. Would love to see it in a classic color of maroon, or navy, or forest green.
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This one in Rhode Island?
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I'm sorry. I was thinking of a totally different boat.
The Fales looks fine to me.

I was thinking Folkes, the steel boats.

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Looks a bit like a ketch rigged Valiant 40.
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I'm sorry. I was thinking of a totally different boat.
The Fales looks fine to me.

I was thinking Folkes, the steel boats.

BP,
You are probably thinking of the Fales navigator. Homely ? That's a fair cop.


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That is the one I was thinking of until I looked it up on Yachtworld.

I don't think many other builders copied that style.
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The Explorer is essentially built from a stretched Fales Navigator hull, which itself is a stretched Willard Vega.


I admit to having a soft spot for the Navigator. It's so ugly it makes me look handsome.
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