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08-22-2013 11:32 PM
DRTSR
Re: Want to buy a used 40-50 live aboard Sail

Great pics
08-22-2013 10:10 PM
svHyLyte
Re: Want to buy a used 40-50 live aboard Sail

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Originally Posted by benesailor View Post
Is that really believable????
Ah, yep. That was/is the thickness of the layup in the keel stub where the cast iron/lead keel is bolted on. Generally however, the hull thickness at the turn of the bilge is somewhat less but the boats are very heavily built and sail like a witch (and are quite handsome to boot!). Frers never designed a slow boat.

FWIW...
08-22-2013 09:36 PM
benesailor
Re: Want to buy a used 40-50 live aboard Sail

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The deck has a 2 inch balsa core. According to an owner, the hull is 1.5 inches thick at the waterline and goes to 3 inches below the waterline illustrating the heavy construction.
Is that really believable????
08-22-2013 08:34 PM
svHyLyte
Re: Want to buy a used 40-50 live aboard Sail

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Originally Posted by DRTSR View Post
How would you rank the manufactures of 20 year old or less boats for quality.

Looking for suggestions.
Limiting yourself to 20 year old or less yachts eliminates a significant number of high quality yachts, particularly so considering that many yachts built in the '80's, were, and continue to be, of much higher quality than what has been built since, e.g. http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi..._id=64991&url=. For more, see Beneteau 51 Idylle 15.50 Review: A Different Animal - Waves « Jordan Yacht Brokerage
08-22-2013 07:46 PM
miatapaul
Re: Want to buy a used 40-50 live aboard Sail

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Originally Posted by JulieMor View Post
So we know this...
Size: 40-50 feet
Purpose: Live aboard

What we don't know is this...
Number living aboard: ?
Price range: $???
Dock queen or cruising?
If cruising, where? Draft may be an issue

If you can fill in the question marks, you'll get better suggestions.
His other thread says $80,000 just himself in Florida.
08-22-2013 04:41 PM
JulieMor
Re: Want to buy a used 40-50 live aboard Sail

So we know this...
Size: 40-50 feet
Purpose: Live aboard

What we don't know is this...
Number living aboard: ?
Price range: $???
Dock queen or cruising?
If cruising, where? Draft may be an issue

If you can fill in the question marks, you'll get better suggestions.
08-22-2013 10:40 AM
mark2gmtrans
Re: Want to buy a used 40-50 live aboard Sail

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Originally Posted by gerrycooper View Post
We bought a 1991 Hunter 433 as a liveaboard - never having lived aboard before. We lived on her in a marina for 4 years and then spent a year sailing from Florida to Australia. (even though of course Hunters aren't 'blue water' boats)We found the interior volume and layout pretty good for 2 people and even handled a couple of guests with ease.
How well did the Hunter do with water of other colors or clear water like this?
08-22-2013 09:04 AM
gerrycooper
Re: Want to buy a used 40-50 live aboard Sail

We bought a 1991 Hunter 433 as a liveaboard - never having lived aboard before. We lived on her in a marina for 4 years and then spent a year sailing from Florida to Australia. (even though of course Hunters aren't 'blue water' boats)We found the interior volume and layout pretty good for 2 people and even handled a couple of guests with ease.
08-22-2013 08:09 AM
daledog
Re: Want to buy a used 40-50 live aboard Sail

On one hand, and to a certain point newer is better. At 20 years problems are cropping up all over the place. Deck fittings need re-set @ every 10 years...

Point is, at that point older isn't worse. I have a Bermuda 40 with a fathometer. Good to 400' depth! It'll work another 40 years. Newer electronics are not built to last...ie an I phone battery life is 18 months...So yeah, a newish boat won't blow up in your face but a 20 year old boat can. On the other hand, a 30-40 year old boat with simple systems and in good shape could well be a wiser investment. Many newer boats are all plastic...my 1981 Tartan 37 is a good example. Has a Cetec Benmar auto pilot. You should see it. Huge gears and chain. Very durable unit. Newer ones have plastic housings. I have a friend with an Oday 323...plastic scupper fittings...nuff said...

My Tartan 37 is for sale BTW...$55,000 for a great boat.

Call if anyone likes; 828-499-1230
08-21-2013 10:00 PM
cruisingdream
Re: Want to buy a used 40-50 live aboard Sail

The best thing to do for someone just getting into sailboats to live on, is to buy one about 30 to 35 foot well below your price range, try it out, figure out what you like what you don't like, and what you really want in your next boat. Then in 3-5 years buy what you really want (not what others tell you that you should want)

You will find that everyone has a different opinion on what to buy. Spend the time on your new boat learning the differences between coastal & blue water boats, boats that pound & those that are comfortable in a seaway, faster is not always better nor is slow & stable always safer. Take your time & enjoy the process and don't cheat yourself of the experience.
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