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Anyone have any info the these boats? Classic heavy displacement with full keel and full of teak all over. There are a couple of nice looking ones on Yachtworld right now. Do they sail worth a dam?
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Re: Mikelson 51

Those boats are gigantic. The first time I saw one (Formosa 51) the stemhead was a couple of feet over my head while I stood on the dock - I'm over 6'. Maintaining one in bristol shape would be at least a full time job. You'd need to live aboard and/or have deep pockets to keep one up. Of all the variations on that hull - Formosa, Hardin etc. the Mikelson has the best rep and fetches the highest prices.

I'd expect them to need a stiff breeze to sail decently.

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I agree with Jon. I looked at both of them for a client. Interesting takes on the old Formosa 50 hull. They are not the type of boat I would want to sail. You'll have to work hard and long to get one of them to go to weather.

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Re: Mikelson 51

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Thanks for the input...probably not the easiest boats to control around the dock either.
Sure would make a nice live aboard though! Have you heard of the Trunk Monkey? Have they invented a Teak Monkey yet?
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I think a bow thruster would be a very good addition to one of these.

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The San Diego boat seems to be the better of the two...What were your thoughts after seeing them in person?
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For a $500 consultation fee flying the length of the west coast is really not an option. I do not fly coach. I looked at both boats on Yachtworld and my client visited the two boats. He preferred the boat with the galley up but felt the other boat was the better value.

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