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Topic Review (Newest First)
03-24-2009 10:38 PM
chef2sail Be a Morgan looking for "Captain Morgan"
03-24-2009 10:33 PM
artbyjody Smackbaby,

So you are looking at a new boat to go beyond the C-27 learning craze.

Investigate on yourself what you want out of it. That should be your deciding factor.

Myself, wanted room to entertain but still have a go-fast boat. While we maybe never will win a race - the layout and design allows me as a cruiser to get to point B from A - way faster than the C-27. 6 knots versus 8 is a huge jump afterall.

I know you are BFS and all, but I think you probably have that side that says "comfort" - which is defined by how you live and entertain.

Good luck on the new search but follow your instinct and not the persona you want everyone to think you have...
03-24-2009 10:27 PM
davidpm Mr. Smack
My "why" was to the posters up to that point who just picked a boat and did not mention WHY they liked that boat.
Just jumping in with a little nudge because that is what you were asking for.
Since then you have gotten some selections with reasons. Much more helpfull.
03-24-2009 12:12 PM
Cruisingdad
Quote:
Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
He was thinking somewhere in the neighborhood of......

ONE THOOOUUUUUUUSAND DOLLARS.


A thousand dollars, eh? In that case, let me suggest a different boat:

Forget the Irwin and go with a canoe. It will give you less maintenance problems, a newer model, and a great draft to take you everywhere. Plus (and a huge plus), upside down it will serve as a great home under the bridge you will be sleeping in when the wife kicks your butt out.

- CD
03-23-2009 06:55 PM
smackdaddy He was thinking somewhere in the neighborhood of......

ONE THOOOUUUUUUUSAND DOLLARS.

03-23-2009 02:31 PM
JohnRPollard Smackdaddy,

Does your "friend" have a price range associated with his boat search?
03-23-2009 01:40 PM
smackdaddy
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Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post
I would opt for the Irwin, all things equal. However, depending on when it was laid up (a Monday or a Friday), the hull could be a mess. We hvae one in our yard right now that has major issues that they are not even sure peeling will fix. THey left air voids when laying up the glass originally.

If the hull is in good condition, then the Irwin. As a cruiser, you could care less (kinda, to a point) about speed. That might make you push for the Morgan, but at 30yo, I would imagine there could be more issues associated with it. Again, this is all things equal (which they never are), I would opt for comfort. The Gulfstar might be able to provide that, but the two I have been on did not impress me (though I do not remember the specifics why now... sorry, at least I am honest).

We met sevreal couples on Irwins that were doing the islands/cruising. Seemed a good boat and they were happy. I am not sure I would limit my search strictly to those boats, but I think the Irwin in capable hands would make the thorny path.

My opinions.

- CD
Thanks CD. That's good info on the Irwin. I'm not necessarily limiting my options to these 3. I've just come across them in looking around. I've also come across a couple of Bene's and like them generally...but they both had a lot of problems with the headliners, leaking, etc. Made me a little wary.

I'm actually with you on the comfort thing. I really want my family to be as into sailing as I am and comfort is important to them. Along those lines, the full fore and aft berths are important.

So - we'll see.
03-23-2009 01:28 PM
blt2ski Bubb,

I would say the morgan does have potential. How about if we throw in a SC52? -18 or there abouts local here in Puget sound! one has hit low 20 knots a few time racing.

I would swag smacky is not looking for pure fun, some comfort thrown in too.......

Marty
03-23-2009 01:09 PM
imagine2frolic Skip Mexico for now, and do the cheap rum ride. I would also spend more time in the Bahamas than Caribbean. Although the BVI is a real treat.........i2f
03-23-2009 12:46 PM
Cruisingdad I would opt for the Irwin, all things equal. However, depending on when it was laid up (a Monday or a Friday), the hull could be a mess. We hvae one in our yard right now that has major issues that they are not even sure peeling will fix. THey left air voids when laying up the glass originally.

If the hull is in good condition, then the Irwin. As a cruiser, you could care less (kinda, to a point) about speed. That might make you push for the Morgan, but at 30yo, I would imagine there could be more issues associated with it. Again, this is all things equal (which they never are), I would opt for comfort. The Gulfstar might be able to provide that, but the two I have been on did not impress me (though I do not remember the specifics why now... sorry, at least I am honest).

We met sevreal couples on Irwins that were doing the islands/cruising. Seemed a good boat and they were happy. I am not sure I would limit my search strictly to those boats, but I think the Irwin in capable hands would make the thorny path.

My opinions.

- CD
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