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11-07-2011 04:32 AM
SloopJonB
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Originally Posted by bpath View Post
I know this thread is 5 years old and that your response was 2 years ago but I am wondering if you would venture an opinion:

I have an opportunity to obtain a Seafarer 34 for $1. The craft has been modified to a sloop, has a new headsail and rollerfurling rig but the main is the original yawl mainsail. There are no soft spots. The craft has been dry-docked since early 2009, needs bottom work and had repairs to rudder, but hull is essentially solid. Fuel tank needs to come out and be serviced. Interior is fair but needs lots of elbow grease and imagination. Electronics are nill. Do not know if it leaks topside.

Would this be worth shipping from back east to Southern California? Intent is to keep the boat for 5+ years after repairs are completed.
In a word - NO. The shipping would run way more than you would need to pay for a comparable boat in Cali. Check Craigslist in all the coastal towns - there are tons of good deals on project boats. Not as many as 2 or 3 years ago but still lots. The Seafarer would only make sense to a limited market near it.
11-06-2011 06:53 PM
bpath
Additionalo Seafarer Questions

I know this thread is 5 years old and that your response was 2 years ago but I am wondering if you would venture an opinion:

I have an opportunity to obtain a Seafarer 34 for $1. The craft has been modified to a sloop, has a new headsail and rollerfurling rig but the main is the original yawl mainsail. There are no soft spots. The craft has been dry-docked since early 2009, needs bottom work and had repairs to rudder, but hull is essentially solid. Fuel tank needs to come out and be serviced. Interior is fair but needs lots of elbow grease and imagination. Electronics are nill. Do not know if it leaks topside.

Would this be worth shipping from back east to Southern California? Intent is to keep the boat for 5+ years after repairs are completed.
04-25-2011 09:13 AM
JimsCAL
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Originally Posted by capward View Post
Prices on older boats vary widely. Get a survey from a professional surveyor (NAMS or SAMS), decide if boat ownership is for you whatever means you can creatively determine and remove all blinders. You gotta love boats and sailing to do this. All that said, we lived on a 77 model Seafarer 38 from 1989 to 2004, about 10 years in Caribbean. She was a Yawl as mizzen was stepped aft of rudder post but some disagreement will be found. We loved it, even as she got too small for two with spares for cruising.
This is a 5 year old thread. Not likely the OP is still in the process of buying this boat.
04-25-2011 12:25 AM
capward
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Originally Posted by seekinginfo View Post
My spouse and I looked at a 37'3" (I'm told) Seafarer Sailboat today. It appears to be in good shape, however the current owner has been unable to sail it for 3 years due to health problems. I've been searching on the internet, and it looks like photos of the Seafarer 38. I do not know the age. A mechanic at the marina says that it is a good boat, but needs TLC, specifically cleaned, teak wood sanded and oiled, and the bottom painted. We were told it could be sold for $35,000 by the marina (and they have had several inquiries) and we have the opportunity to acquire it for around $15,000 from a family member who would very much like for it to stay in the family. We are novices and would appreciate any advice.
Prices on older boats vary widely. Get a survey from a professional surveyor (NAMS or SAMS), decide if boat ownership is for you whatever means you can creatively determine and remove all blinders. You gotta love boats and sailing to do this. All that said, we lived on a 77 model Seafarer 38 from 1989 to 2004, about 10 years in Caribbean. She was a Yawl as mizzen was stepped aft of rudder post but some disagreement will be found. We loved it, even as she got too small for two with spares for cruising.
10-06-2010 09:29 PM
souljour2000 I have owned a Seafarer 24 for about six months now. She is a 1971 and she was in desperate need of TLC... overall I am very happy. She has a very solid feel and seems to have it where it counts as far as her design and build. i have the classic deck version with swing keel. The one critical area that was overlooked in terms of strength during her build was the rudder and transom area in general.I am getting ready to haul my boat to deal with these issues while I also get her a much-needed bottom job. I know this is an ancient thtread but I'd like to keep these good ol' boats in the mix for new owners trying to find info on them...
10-10-2009 09:04 PM
mccary As a former Seafarer (22') owner for 29 years, I would note that Seafarer did sell boats in varying degrees of competition. You could buy a stripped out boat at substantial savings or buy the full blown finished boat, so, current prices may vary. And remember that owning any older sailboat can be expensive AFTER the purchase price is done. I am not trying to discourage you, but wanted to note the possibilities. I loved every minute I owned my Seafarer and I am sure you might too.
10-09-2009 09:20 PM
Northeaster Here is a link to some Seaferer info. It is not updated frequently, but has info on most models / years:

Seafarer Research Center


JeffH - I have read your posts over the last couple years, and have enjoyed your knowlegable input. I am on my 2nd Seafarer (had a 1983 23" and now a 1978 30'). I have had my current boat for 3 years, and have only been sailing for 4 years. It was definitely in need of TLC, and then some, but no more that any other 30 year old boat, that had not been properly maintained.

Re: build quality, I do agree that some things on the Seafarer were not of the highest quality, namely the cheap, dated "faux" wood panelling that came on many models.


However, although is is certainly a production boat, built to sell at an attractive price point, at that time, I do feel that the solid hull, skeg-hung rudder, encapsulated (lead, not iron/steel) keel, and rigging did make for a solid boat for the money (coastal cruiser, not offshore specific).

I have read some previous posts about concerns / preferences for bolted on keels, over encapuslated keels. I am quite certain, after a few seasons of sanding bottom paint off the hull and keel, and seeing no evidence of cracks in hull / keel, etc, that my keel will not just fall off some day, unless it has been purposefully driven into the rocks, over and over. Of course, one can argue that there could be unseen damage, from possible previous groundings in it's 30 years in the water, but I doubt that there is enough damage to cause a catastrophic failure, without some warning signs. We are not talking about deep draft, very thin race keels here.

Of course, like any 30 year old boat, there are things to look out for. I had a crack in the rudder to skeg gudgeon, (that looked like it had been repaired / welded before). I had a new, larger one machined, that I am sure will last for years to come. I also found a 1/2 broken chain link in the steering chain, that woudl have resulted in a loss of steering. (there is an emergency ruuder ,although it is too short to be very effective, due to the wheel being in the way).
I am not a fan of the interior liner, but I believe that similar liners are common on many production boats.
As long as it has been well maintained, I would have as much confidence in a Seafarer, as many other production boats.

You certainly may feel that I am defending the boats, only because I own one, However, after owning two of them, and doing major work on my current one, I do feel that I know it pretty well.

I have had a few very experienced sailors out with me as well, who felt that the boat sailed well, despite it's old sails. It is a bit squirly in a following sea, off the stern quarter, but nothing I can't live with. I have not sailed enough other, similar sized boats to say how much better they would perform in this type of seas.

When you mentioned the build quality, what are the specific issues that you have noticed with them, and how do those issue compare with similar aged hunter, catalinas, C&Cs, etc?
10-09-2009 02:11 PM
PatrickStingley
Hey! I just bought a Seafarer '34 in the Chesapeake

It's also a '74.

Do you have a copy of the manual?

Love the boat,
04-09-2009 09:39 AM
captjo
Seafarer info

Hi:

I saw your post ad would like to add that my husband and I sailed and lived aboard a Seafarer 34 for 16 years (with our parrot, Marley). We did some extensive cruising and island hopping ending up living in the Keys for a few years. We now live in Charlestn, SC. It was a mark 2 model McCurdy & Rhodes hull. She was a 1974 model and a great sailor, sea kindly and all around pleasure to sail.

We are now looking to get a 38 seafarer as well. We found an older model that we will have to do some work on, but we both know a great deal about boats. We hated selling our 34' but we bought a home in the Charleston area and hubby had heart surgery. After a year, he is ready to go cruising again, so we are actively looking for another larger boat.

Captjo (Joni)
04-15-2006 12:44 PM
seekinginfo I've found out a little more info. It was built in 1973. Current owner had it in great shape until health problems three years ago, including new sails, lines and (sorry I don't know the terminology) the canvass coverings for sails and the wooden steering wheel. It was repainted 5 years ago, and the interior cushions have been recovered. The only problem has been the diesel engine overheating, which the original owner also had. The marina mechanic has worked on it, but this year the owner had a more experienced mechanic work on it and says it appears that the water cooling intake appears to have never been opened. This was within the last week or so, so I'm not sure if it has been taken out to see if that truly fixed the problem. It was purchased from the Chesapeake Bay area in 1996 for $42xxx. We are in the Lake of the Ozarks area in Missouri.
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