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09-09-2012 10:35 PM
Jason Flare
Re: Fales Explorer 38?

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, alanbrim. My wife and I puirchased a Formosa 41 that was in excellent condition with a lot of well executed upgrades. We sailed it from Mississippi to Massachusetts and are very very plea
sed with it. Thank you for letting me know about your former boat in Hawaii. Hawaii to Massachusetts would have been an exciting sail I'm sure. Stay well, and thank you again, Jason
08-28-2012 11:56 PM
alanbrim
Re: Fales Explorer 38?

i used to own a fales 38 exporer, she was called cooriedoon and the last i heard of was that she was in hawai, get back to me if you still want info, they only built 18 pearson built the hull
12-29-2011 12:38 PM
Jason Flare
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Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
Strange. The listing states "...leak free fiberglass decks..."
I wonder how the water got there?

1979 Pearson -Tillotson-Pearson Fales 38 Explorer Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
The broker said that the boat had just been powerwashed. My wife and I had three problems with that:
1.) it didn't look powerwashed, which was good because
2.) a powerwasher can do a lot of damage to paint or gelcoat if not done carefully, and
3.) if someone powerwashed the outside, how did the water get inside?

Powerwashing does not use a lot of water and the bilges were nearly full. I think the water getting in was rainwater through leaks in the cockpit hatches, and perhaps the companionway hatch and deck fittings.
12-29-2011 12:29 PM
Jason Flare I don't know the Hull number but the boat is named, Nansea. According to the listing it was formerly named, Latitude.
12-28-2011 09:55 PM
mitiempo It is a funny statement to make when the boat is on the hard and the bilges are full of water though.
12-28-2011 09:33 PM
SloopJonB
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Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
Strange. The listing states "...leak free fiberglass decks..."
I wonder how the water got there?
It's a variation on the NRA's "Guns don't kill, people kill" - Decks don't leak, hardware mounting holes leak.
12-28-2011 10:21 AM
TX_BG Jason - do you know the hull number of the Fales you're looking at?
12-27-2011 11:51 PM
mitiempo Strange. The listing states "...leak free fiberglass decks..."
I wonder how the water got there?

1979 Pearson -Tillotson-Pearson Fales 38 Explorer Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
12-27-2011 11:42 PM
Jason Flare I looked at that Fales 38 in Warwick, RI, this Fall and put an offer on it. My offer was low and was refused, as I expected it would be, and the broker didn't seem to want to use my offer as a starting point. When I looked at the boat it was on the hard but the bilge was full of water to just below the floorboards. Some floorboards were taken up and were too swolen with moisture to fit back in place. It's a well built boat, made in the U.S. by Tillotson Pearson. I like the canoe stern and the aluminum, rather than spruce, spars. It needs a lot of TLC, which, for the right price, I would be willing to give it. I'm keeping my eye on it. It doesn't cost anything to wait for a price reduction.
11-21-2011 06:34 PM
TX_BG
Fales 38

Fales 38 is a great boat, very well built ... lived on Hull #4 and cruised the Bahamas for 4 years. Do you know what the hull # is or name of the boat you're considering? The boats were built in the Pearson-Tillotson yard by Fales Sr. and Jr. They originated from the Willard trollers, and Fales redesigned them into sailboats. Yes, they look very much like a Valiant - just a little more like a chubbier sister. The boat is not as fast, nor does it point as well as a Valiant. So it will take you a little longer, but you'll arrive safe and rested and won't be beat to death as you can be on a fin-keel. So depending on the type of sailing and where you want to sail, this boat may be a great fit for you. Not knowing what type of updates the previous owners made, the original cabin lights were incandescent. Ditch them for new l.e.d.'s. You'll absolutely love the separate shower stall (ditch the wet gear clothes rod, and put in mesh shelves for more storage). You'll grow to love the fold down nav table, as its out of the way when you don't need it, and viewable from the cockpit when you're on watch (set up the computer and go). At anchor, the boat is extremely comfortable. The cockpit has nice heights (comfy and very supportive on your back). If it has an electric windless you can use it to hoist the dinghy on deck and not mess with davits. LOL - if you need more details, send me an email. Good luck!
TX_BG
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