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want to buy a boat

Hi, I want to buy a boat.
below is the link.
SPENCER 32 SLOOP 1976 For Sale in Nelson Marlborough

SPENCER 32 SLOOP 1976

does this boat good for offshore sailing?
i want to use this boat sail from New Zealand to Panama.

please give some comments.
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Re: want to buy a boat

I am not familiar with this design but a couple of thoughts/questions come to mind.
- How many people are going on this trip? This boat looks like it might manage for two, but that would be all.
- f/g over plywood would worry me very much on a boat that it more than 35 years old. If you get serious about this boat and get to the survey stage make sure that the surveyor is experienced with this type of construction.
- The suitability of the boat may be related to the route you choose. None of them is a piece of cake for sure. From NZ to Panama it strikes me that you have three choices (haven't checked Cornell though)
1. get east at a fairly high latitude (say south of 35 and then head north along the coast of South America will a strong favourable current). Going this route you are likely to get some quite strong winds, although the direction is good.
2. get east further north and you will have less stormy weather but you will have to go a huge distance to windward in the trades. Here you would need a boat that is good to weather and the willingness to sail on your ear for many weeks.
3. Go the other way to Panama and have trade winds in your favour for the whole trip, although you would likely get some nasty weather getting to and around South Africa. This is a very long way though.

If I had the time, I would choose #3, and this is the route that is likely to be least demanding for the boat and crew - note that I did not say that it is not demanding - just least demanding - #1 and #2 have little appeal for me.

Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).
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Re: want to buy a boat

Hull & keel design suggest it's a racer, does it have sufficient tankage for long passaes
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Hull & keel design suggest it's a racer, does it have sufficient tankage for long passaes
Yeah, I'd suggest he keep looking for something a bit more suitable for a lengthy offshore passage...

First thing that jumps out at me, that cockpit certainly doesn't look very comfortable for offshore. The absence of a bridgedeck, the companionway open to the level of the cockpit sole, makes that boat extremely vulnerable to downflooding... Not necessarily a deal breaker, but certainly an issue that would need to be addressed before heading off on such a trip...

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Thanks for you suggestion.
I will looking for some other boat.
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Re: want to buy a boat

Ya, I don't like it. For the money look for something with at least a full keel. A Westerly Type design...safety first.

" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"
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