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1 Week Ago 06:31 PM
Mor22
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

Yes JimsCAL we were alerted to the stanchion issue early on, but appreciate you mentioning it. We are re-bedding all the deck hardware as the boat is 27 years old. Also took out the beefy chainplates for microscopic examination and polishing. All the old boat stuff has been addressed such as fuel and head tanks, all new rigging, bagged out sails, threadbare bimini, defunct wiring, electronics, thru hulls, cutlass bearing, dripless. Now we are dismantling the Edson pedestal for some seizing issues with the shift and throttle (Edson techs very helpful)and replacing all the toerails with Plasteak. Boosted the charger to 30amps, added solar and davits. We did a total re-fit on our Morgan 22 a few years ago but there is a heck of a lot more to spend money on a boat the size of the Pearson! She is a sweet sailor though and has a lot of room for her size and we are loving her but anyone who thinks they are getting an old boat and not spending a lot of money is in for a surprise. Our boat surveyed well and we have still got $20,000 into her by the time we are finished. OK sure, some things are wants, not needs but would be needs within a couple of years. Mind you I look at the price they want for a new 30 foot boat and I can justify all my expense!

Cheers
1 Week Ago 11:27 AM
miatapaul
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

33 foot Offshore Cat Ketch would work and is pretty much what they were made for. I think any cat ketch would as well Freedom, Herreshoff etc.
1 Week Ago 09:44 AM
Meathead
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

Com-Pac 27 fits your list as well.
1 Week Ago 09:42 AM
justflie
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

Quote:
Originally Posted by RonRelyea View Post
Why let the bridge determine your choice???

85 foot mast under a 65 foot bridge:

How to Get An 85 Ft Mast Under A 65 Ft Bridge - YouTube
I've seen this one a couple times but oh, that pucker factor! And kids wonder how geometry and trig could possibly be useful later in life.
1 Week Ago 07:39 AM
JimsCAL
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

Sounds good. The Pearson 31-2 is a nice boat. One issue to check is the stanchions as Pearson used gaskets rather than caulking and leaking was a big issue with many boats.
1 Week Ago 02:26 PM
Mor22
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

For some reason when I originally posted this my computer didn't advise me when replies came in so I missed a lot of responses. But ironically the marina I was supposed to be at seasonally became very full with liveaboards so we had to re-locate anyway. A Pearson 31-2 I wing keel in nice shape came up for sale locallyand we grabbed her, thoroughly enjoying coastal cruising in Florida for the past winter. Her 47 foot mast is just fine for the area, including the ICW and her 3ft 11 draft works well everywhere here.

Thanks all.
2 Weeks Ago 10:02 PM
Gary M
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

If you are only going out under the bridge once a year, why not take the mast down and eliminate this requirement? If you can find a mast hoist on both sides of the bridge it is a simple job to lower it and then re-step it.
3 Weeks Ago 06:07 PM
Group9
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

At least you are thinking about it. We didn't. And, ended up with a 62 foot air draft.
3 Weeks Ago 03:03 PM
sazaisan I also am having a similar problem. The only way into the marina I will slip my boat at is limited by a 42/43 ft bridge clearance. When trying to determine mast height it is important to measure mast height from the design water line (DWL) and not just the mast itself. I would recommend you consider a Beneteau 281 Oceanis (has wheel steering) or a Catalina 28 ft MKIl.
3 Weeks Ago 02:11 PM
Fletcherguitar
Re: boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

Ideal Bahamas and east coast boat ,,,,, Dockrell 27. On everyones list for small boats to take you around the world, and, shallow draft , 3 ft, shorter mast, full keep, strong hull, huge interior, very very well built, aft hung rudder. And under ten grand in the U.S.
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