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Question schooner- for or against

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You are a riot! I thought you were going to get me straight about the last day of the schooner. You have miraculous results from those torture techniques!

Here is the description of the vessel: Heavily over-built full keel double-ended hull, laid in 1974. Strong, stable, and very seaworthy. Coast Guard-documented vessel. 11-foot beam. 6-foot draft. Hydraulic steering on well-protected rudder. Presently on the hard for a bottom job.

Volvo MD-2 twin-cylinder diesel engine, runs very well. The engine has fresh-water cooling with heat exchangers and dry exhaust stack to keep salt water away from it for longevity. Three-blade fixed prop. Needs new flexible connector from gearbox to prop shaft. 30+ gallon diesel tank for range under power. Newly installed secondary fuel filter/water separator.

Interior has counter with sink and pressurized faucet, mini fridge, alcohol stove, twin 40-gallon fresh water tanks, 40 gallon holding tank. Built-in tool cabinet. Toilet but no shower. Interior needs to be finished out, but has plenty of space for a boat its size.

Sails are in good condition. Once the sails are raised, all control lines run to the captain's chair in the enclosed cockpit for all-weather sailing.

This boat has a lot of character and would be an excellent opportunity for someone to get on the water with a little bit of sweat equity. It would be a great island hopper out to and around the Bahamas.

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Musicman - don't worry about this lot.

If you're seriously considering purchasing this craft, find a qualified Surveyor and go get an out-of-water survey. If there's anything seriously wrong at least you will have it in writing and can make your own mind up from there.

Good luck with your adventure!

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Needs new flexible connector from gearbox to prop shaft.
To me this means "currently the boat does not go under power."

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To me this means "currently the boat does not go under power."
Use to put a 26 ft knock-about just about in any place I wanted it. But that skill came with practice.

So what ever boat you acquire and considering your skill level, I figure you will be practicing and having a sailing master on board to assist your building of those skills.

Sailing master = Friend who knows how to sail and is willing to go with you.

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The boat in the picture appears to be a Johnson designed Venus hull, which was sold as a kit hull from the 1970's. They were loosely based on an Atkins Eric design (like the Westsail 32) and were often gaff ketch or cutter rigged. I believe that the boat in question was in Maryland not all that long ago.

In a general sense, schooners are interesting and fun relics of an earlier time. They are great boats if you are interested in sailing history and live in an area where you can spend much of your time reaching in decent breezes. They are not so wonderful at the extreme ends of the wind range.

Depending on the specifics of the design, small schooners can make and often do great single-handers, (when ever I see one, I secretly lust after the small Van Dyne designed Tancook Whaler).

But the boat in question would be an absolute miserable choice as a first boat or a single-hander and looking at the specifics of this particular boat, i would have to say, run don't walk the other way....

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But the boat in question would be an absolute miserable choice as a first boat or a single-hander and looking at the specifics of this particular boat, i would have to say, run don't walk the other way....

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Ditto. Keep looking.

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