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Topic Review (Newest First)
11-29-2008 02:17 PM
JimsCAL Friends have a '99 Passport 41 that they bought new. Have cruised extensively including two trips from Long Island to the Carribean via Bermuda. The one major problem was a fuel tank failure on the first trip that dumped gallons of diesel into the bilge. It was an obvious faulty (cold) weld and the Passport dealer refused to do anything. Lied through his teeth when taken to court. Great boat but the dealer stinks.
11-29-2008 12:54 PM
Faster Great link, Ray... having crawled around, and through a friend's P40 I can attest to much of what the last poster pointed out. (note, though, that the post is dated 2001 - so anyone reading it today should keep that in mind)

Good tech data for the OP, essentially from a builder!
11-29-2008 12:23 PM
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11-29-2008 11:05 AM
labatt Actually, Valiente, I beg to differ. We competed in a "pursuit race" this past summer on Champlain. The way a pursuit race is run is that everyone starts at a different time based upon their PHRF rating. The idea is that everyone finishes close together, allowing for an exciting finish for spectators. There were two classes - spinnaker and non-spinnaker. PHRF ratings for non-spinnaker boats were adjusted upward to compensate for the two classes, allowing non-spinnaker boats to finish at the same time as spinnaker boats. It was blowing 15-20 - perfect for us, bad for a lot of lightweight racers. Pelican, Passport 40 #76, was fifth overall across the line and first in the non-spinnaker class. The rating used was the generally accepted rating used for Passport 40's plus the same amount all other non-spinnaker boats had. We proved the - "It's not the boat, it's the people" - theorem since we had two racers on board with us, continuously tweaking our trim. There's nothing like a 12-13 ton cruising boat coming in first! We were also first around every mark. So... easy there with your "won't win races" comment!
11-29-2008 12:56 AM
Valiente A good, solid, "get you home" boat. Won't win races, but you aren't racing, right? The owners speak highly of the ones that have had the teak decks taken off...teak is a great idea if your boat never moves and you have a crew of detailers...
11-28-2008 05:59 PM
labatt As a P40 owner, I'd love to see the video. We're leaving to cruise on ours with our two kids next week! I always like to see how other P40's are outfitted. We absolutely love ours!
11-09-2008 03:02 PM
Moonfish Mustangsally - We will have a video review of a Passport 40 in an upcoming episode of the show. It was done with John Kretschmer (part of a "Used Boat Notebook" series of reviews). John said that the PP40/41 is one of his all time favorite boats for a couple to do long distance cruising/passagemaking.

I'll probably finish editing the review in the next couple of weeks. Don't know if it will help you at all, but when it's done I can upload to YouTube and post the video here.
11-08-2008 06:53 AM
tdw Ray ,

Thanks for that, much appreciated. Any further pics you find don't hesitate to send. I can supply you with email address if that makes it easier for you.

Not many of these about I realise but I'm always interested in investigating any likely boat in the 40 odd foot range. As you see the Fraser as a Passport alternative it piqued my interest.

Cheers

Andrew
11-08-2008 01:06 AM
Faster We have friends that bought a late '80s P40 and in the past two years have been busy refitting and equipping her for a serious passage. She is a beauty,the interior layout (theirs is not the head-in-forepeak layout) is good, the table and dinette very comfortable. Finish is quite amazing.

After adding solar, wind vane, SSB and other myriad essentials and nice-to-haves they departed this past August and are now in the Catalina Islands/LA area on their way to Mexico for the winter.

By all accounts the boat is perfoming well despite a couple of engine (Perkins) related glitches, now solved, mostly relating to overheating.

While not a boat we can afford, or would necessarily want for coastal cruising, I think its an ideal candidate for what they are up to.
11-07-2008 11:01 PM
Mustangsally Thanks for your reply. We are very impressed with layout. The one we are looking at does not have teak decks. We would rather not have teak decks anyway. Fuel tank is iron but incased in fiberglass. It is located up and way from bilge that makes it little better. They seem to be well built and good quality. But we need to continue to due research before we make the move. Any other thoughts would be appreciated.
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