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Old 12-27-2009
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1983 Gib Sea 42

Hello: Being new to sailnet I hope I am in the aera for this post. I am looking at a Gib Sea 42 Ketch for offshore use. I have been unable to find out much about these boats other than they were bought by Dufour. Are these suitable for the use I am considering. any and all information is appreciated, also if anyone knows about the way these boats were built would be great, ie: are they solid layup or cored, what are the hull thickness at the sheer, turn of the bilge and at the keel attachment. Thanks
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Since the ketch configuration of these boats is quite rare, I'm assuming you're looking at the one in Granville Island, Vancouver.. It's been for sale for some time. I imagine by now it's becoming attractively priced.

I don't have any of the technical specs you ask for.. my impression of these boats has always been that of the typical French built boats of the era, large interiors with plenty of berths, aft cabins and probably at least on a par with Beneteaus and Jeanneaus

There's always a debate on whether or not these types of boats are blue water capable.. certainly many offshore voyages have been made with similar boats, most notably Liz and Andy Copeland with their Bene First 38. However they did undertake some significant modifications prior to their circumnavigation.

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I think I have looked at that boat about 10 years ago in Nanaimo. It seems to be a well-founded hull. I thought that the electronics (even then) were outdated, and that the interior could use some modification. But all being said, it was a lot of boat for the money.
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did you ever find out any info on the construction of that boat
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