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Re: Is a 44' too much?

Okay, well the people from the salvage company came and picked the boat up this morning. Apparently there's a small house in the keel because she split in half Titanic style when they lifted her. They were concerned that it was a possibility so they braced/reinforced the hull. In any case, massive fail. He is looking into a similar boat for bluewater sailing, so hopefully the search is over quickly. It's a shame because the boat has been in their family since new and has been damned near everywhere. :/
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Re: Is a 44' too much?

Hi just scanning on Sailnet was wondering if you have done anything with your 44 mercer I am interested in a project.
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Hi just scanning on Sailnet was wondering if you have done anything with your 44 mercer I am interested in a project.
I think Justin said it "split in half." Lets put this 1.5 year old thread to bed.
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Re: Is a 44' too much?

That's a huge boat far bigger than you need. You only need a bit bigger than what you have , not exponentially bigger. Smaller boats which need far less work are being almost given away. You would be hard pressed in todays market get out of a 44 what you put into her. Look for something smaller which needs far less work, and you will be at sea far sooner with much more money in the bank to cruise her with.

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I think Justin said it "split in half." Lets put this 1.5 year old thread to bed.
Yes thank you but I can read also? I was trying to follow up on the vessel I have put boats together that were cut in half , decks ripped of ect. If the boat is sitting some where and I would like to here back from the person who posted not some one lurking and commenting Thanks.
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Yes thank you but I can read also? I was trying to follow up on the vessel I have put boats together that were cut in half , decks ripped of ect. If the boat is sitting some where and I would like to here back from the person who posted not some one lurking and commenting Thanks.
Well he said it split in half as the savagers were hulling it away a year and a half ago. He never had possession of the boat, so I think it is likely that it has long ago been cut up and disposed of. If you really want to find out, contact some of the boat salvage companies in southern Mass. I doubt it is still around those guys don't like to keep boats around "hoping" to sell them. If they don't sell in a month or so, they get put on eBay for $100 or cut up and what can be is sold for scrap. If it was in more than one piece then it likely was the latter.

Finding a project should not be to hard as there are lots of boats being sold by the likes of Certified Sales Inc - Liquidation Sales from Sandy. They have had a back log from that storm.
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Re: Is a 44' too much?

Thanks for the information ... Thats very sad if in fact they cut it up . The Mercer 44 was one of the great boats not like the junk that is passed off today . Any way I have owned three but there is always the next just maybe not the one any idea what the hull number was? I think Mercer owners would be interested . If it split in the middle it was probably one of the later builds the first 7 were tanks all hand laid 1/2 to 1inch and in stem and keel areas up to 3 inches ahh well . Cheers
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Re: Is a 44' too much?

Cape cod ship builders still exists in wareham ma. to my knowledge. They still have an unfinished 44 in their shed last time I was down there. Sure be worth a call to them to see if they have a stick laying around or other bits you could use.

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Yes I know Goody Godwin The owner I think he may have that hull for a long while as he is asking last time I checked $400.000 and will only sell it as a complete hull. One of the reasons it was sad to hear that your friend let them cut up that 44. I am moving on but thanks for the followup.
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Re: Is a 44' too much?

$400K for an old Mercer hull?

That hull will form part of his estate.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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