Originally Posted by Cbarg
Is anyone familiar with the Seamaster 45? Just wondering if it's a good blue water boat. Comparing it to a Morgan 41, what would be the better blue water boat? Thank you.
If you're looking at that one on Lake Erie that's been for sale for ages, there's probably a reason for it. It was on my list, but the so-so reputation of the boat (despite its attractive looks and what I judge to be a sensible layout for offshore) dissuaded me from pursuing it.
Still, there's no harm in looking, and if you find one finished properly, get a reputable surveyor to look for "fatal flaws". Non-fatal flaws, of course, are bargaining chips. In my experience, I'd rather have a well-found boat with a crap interior I could remake that try to remedy structural or systems shortcomings or bad decisions.
I just bought a custom steel cutter, and had many of the same concerns. My surveyor came recommended as a steel boat specialist, and his findings were generally very positive. It made a hell of a difference when it came time to make an offer, because I had a very good idea of what the boat was worth...and what it was worth to me.
Now I have a boat on which there is much to do...and to complete...but very little to *undo*, because what is there is finished logically and to a high standard (previous owner works for a chandlery and got 'employee discount'!), and the construction skill set was excellent.
I hope your search turns out as well.