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10-10-2011 02:16 PM
mikehradecky We love our Vision 36. It's a 94, so a little long in the tooth with the normal maintenance issues.

What have you heard about the stayless mast? We have had zero problems. I retightened and sealed the bolts around the deck flange to stop a leak, but that is the only thing we have had to do with the mast.
10-10-2011 10:36 AM
BJSoCal I am seriously considering the Vision 36 as well. My plans would include local So Cal sailing, as well as sailing up north to Washington, Oregon, and possibly Canada. I would also like to sail south and enter the Gulf of Mexico at some point.

How is the 36 performing for you? I keep reading about the stayless mast not being very reliable.
05-17-2011 05:00 PM
sugar scoop

that is exactly right. on the port side is the battery boxes, the starboard side is the charger and space to store stuff like you do.
05-16-2011 11:19 PM
mikehradecky I haven't been aboard a 32. It sounds like the batteries and charger are in the way aft lockers on the sugar scoop. Am I correct?

On my 36, the sugar scoop lazarettes are for storage only. I keep life jackets and dingy floor, and that kind of crap in there.
05-16-2011 10:23 PM

Mike, thx for the info. My shore power cord enters the boat at the starboard aft compartment where the battery charger lives so that's not my source of leak. I am very suspicious of cables entering aft compartment as well as cockpit floor. I look forward to spending a weekend on the boat while raining. It may help find all the leaks
05-16-2011 09:58 PM
mikehradecky Coxjam:

I had some leaking into my starboard lazarette when I first bought the boat. It turns out the shore power cable wasn't allowing the cover to close all the way. I just train the cable up through the drain slot under the edge of the cover and it is dry as a popcorn fart now.

I did experience some other leakage in heavy weather right under the steering pedestal. All the control cables, electronic cables, etc are led through the pedestal through one hole into the aft stateroom. Water finds it's way through the pedestal and that hole for the cables. Not a problem at the marina when the canvas cover is on, but under way, it's a leaky area if it gets wet.

05-16-2011 09:51 PM
mikehradecky Dave:

So glad to hear you have traveled so far in a Vision. It makes me feel so much more comfortable about my boat.

I had to track down a diesel leak last weekend. The fill hose too tank spout connection leaks when fuel is sloshed around or when we fill up. I have to cut some of the lazarette floor away to gain access to the connection.

Please keep us posted as to where you are. I will be checking back.

Sail on Sailor!

04-21-2011 10:06 AM

Dave, thanks for the reply. I can't recall what the deck looks like, I'll check it out this weekend. My boat is 2.5 hours away. During the survey, the panel that sits over the steering pully cables was found to be water logged. Are there screws under there? I'm not really convinced that water is leaking from the side windows all the way to the aft cabin. I like your idea of the added bilge pump, I may try that. You put the bilge pump in the lazerrette compartment? or down into the locker just behind of the aft compartment? the wood all along my aft compartment primarily on the starboard side, is either rotted or water damaged.

I agree with you about the boats. I'm going to love this thing!! Once upon a time, I was stationed in Alameda, and San Diego. I would have loved to have sailed to Catalina. Maybe some day! How far south are you going?
04-21-2011 01:32 AM
DaveNDebbie I've heard the critics, and the river sailors at my old marina in Antioch seemed amazed each time I told them about a trip to Monterey Bay and back. "You took YOUR boat?" Yea, why not?
I don't get the thing between coastal and offshore. I mean it's not like you're gonna swim 5 miles to shore, so it may as well be 500. Besides, more boats are lost on the rock than the open ocean.
I had a rainwater leak into the aft cabin that turned out to be the screws that hold down the deck at the helm, covering the steering. She will take enough water though the stern lockers in a heavy following sea to get the bed wet, so I put a bilge pump in the port locker...problem solved.
We left the Delta on Feb 5, arrived in San Diego on Feb 22, And I'm swinging on the hook in Isthmus Cove on Catalina Island as I write this. It's not an easy life, and she isn't a plush boat, but she's better than alot I've seen out here, and there's nothing more rewarding than making landfall after an overnight or longer passage.
Just remember... Don't put any systems on your boat that you can't either fix at sea, or live without.
Luck to ya. Don't dream your life...Live your dream
04-20-2011 06:06 PM

Dave, I just bought a Vision 32 like yours, well, I"m sure mine is not like yours. There is so much work to do to mine, it has been neglected for quite some years. I would love to follow along on your trip and experience with your boat. From what I have read from critics, seems like these Visions arent meant for other than coastal cruising. I am a bit sceptical that I can't venture far off with it. Mine was in my back yard and so I didnt have to pay to ship it here, I live in San Antonio, and will keep the boat on the Texas coast coast. Right now, the big problem is that there is rain water leaking into my aft compartment. Another Vision owner I've met on line assures me that the leak is from the large port window. Water leaks into starboard cockpit lazerrette and into aft bunk area. Any thoughts you might have, I'd appreciate.

Please keep me posted on your trip, "fair winds and following seas"

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