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09-15-2011 07:57 PM
mitiempo Hull speed is not indicative of how a boat sails really. It is generally considered to be 1.34 x square root of the waterline length.

A barge with the same waterline would have the same theoretical hull speed - but it wouldn't sail nearly as well.
09-15-2011 07:21 PM
Originally Posted by Ninefingers View Post
My god that's beautiful boat. What would be the hull sped of it?
7.7 knots. All I did was Google "bristol 41.1 hull speed".
09-15-2011 07:14 PM
turbulicity I wouldn't care if the electronics are out of date. If they are functioning, good enough. When something breaks, you can replace then.

I love the boat. New diesel and electrical are huge plusses. Woodwork seems to be in beautiful shape. I bet the rigging and the sails are on par and kept well maintained/replaced.

Financing a boat that is above it's average market value is next to impossible though unless you put in enough down payment to make the difference and some more.
09-15-2011 05:26 PM
Ninefingers My god that's beautiful boat. What would be the hull sped of it?
09-15-2011 11:17 AM
apogee1mars This a suggestion if you wish to pursue this endeavor (I would not). Many aircraft such as Piper use bladder tanks. There are many people listed in Trade A Plane magazine that custom make these bladders. You could cut an access hole and place a bladder inside of the original tank. They last for around fifteen years on average. Could be the way to go.
09-15-2011 09:52 AM
Originally Posted by puddinlegs View Post
.....Speaking of PITA tankage to replace, ..
A friend had steel tanks in an older CHB Trawler... of course after 20 years they were shot. He had to go in with a zip cutter and literally cut them to pieces.

The only way the new tanks would go back in was if they were 30% smaller - and the engine (6Cyl Ford Lehman) had to come out first!
09-15-2011 01:09 AM
Originally Posted by Bowedtoothdoc View Post
Unfortunately, I don't think it would be quite so easy and inexpensive. The tanks are under the cabin sole and would have to be cut out to be removed along with removal of some of the floor and structural bracing.
Right you most certainly are... I was, as we all often do, thinking more specifically of our boat. Only 22 gallons, tank is easy to get to and remove. Had it priced out 3 years ago when we got the boat as we thought there might be an issue. We've got a great local shop in a competitive market that includes a lot of commercial marine so it's more reasonable than a lot of places. Speaking of PITA tankage to replace, the worst I've ever seen was helping a friend remove a fuel tank from a Norseman 447... It was a living hell and no way to get it out without removing much of the teak around the companionway hatch. I can't imagine that that one cost the owner less than 5-6k.
09-14-2011 07:50 PM
Originally Posted by Bowedtoothdoc View Post
.......Can anyone with more of a blue water background inform me as to how update the on board electronics are?....
I have the RL80C. By today's standard, its graphics are substandard. However, it is a very capable chartplotter. I thought about upgrading last year and brought the electronics guy onboard.

He actually told me I was crazy. He said I had a perfectly good system and I shouldn't consider replacing it until something fails. He was right.

edit: gorgeous boat, btw. If I was in the market, I might bid against you. A beauty.
09-14-2011 07:47 PM
PalmettoSailor I think if I had that kind of scratch to drop on a mid 80's boat I'd be taking a hard look at Nordic 44's.

Edited to add: What about a Saga 43 also? According to what I've read the build quality might not be quite as hight but its certainly a capable "bluewater" boat. Being a much newer boat there would be less age related maintenance.
09-14-2011 05:17 PM
Originally Posted by MarkSF View Post
No problems with my tanks, touch wood. Of which there is plenty.

I have seen a writeup on replacing them, involving cutting out the floor.

I'd concentrate on what IS wrong, not what COULD go wrong. You might get a discount for the former, the latter I don't think so.

If we were to consider everything that COULD go wrong with a sailboat, that way madness lies.
I totally agree. I would however prefer to know about a potential problem before a purchase rather than after.
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