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1 Day Ago 06:49 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Fraser Built Sailboats

As 40 ft plastic boats go, Fraser 41s and 42s were some of the best offshore cruising boats built. Compared to Beneteaus Hunters and Catalinas, they are twice the boat at half the price. Moderate deadrise gives them a very comfortable motion at sea. Good hull balance with a moderate sized transom gives them good directional stability. Some of their rudders look a bit fragile but I have never heard of anyone losing one. A long ,wide keel attachment to the hull with inside ballast means no chance of losing a keel and no worries about keel bolts. The hull deck joint with the deck molding turned upward and sandwiching against the extended hull, is one of the best made, similar to the Rawson 30. Minimizes chances of leaks along the rail. One could bolt stanchion bases to them especially with a solid top rail, eliminating thru deck bolts, and the leaks they cause. Those I have seen have 30 inch high stanchions, far better than most stock boats.( Like a bendycatahunt)
3 Days Ago 12:38 PM
Re: Fraser Built Sailboats

There's a gal that came by to look at our boat a couple months ago that has looked at probably every Fraser in BC, Washington and even the one in Guatemala. If you PM me your email address I could pass it on to her.
3 Days Ago 10:06 PM
Re: Fraser Built Sailboats

Originally Posted by jbanderson50 View Post
I've also notice a 42 named Justa for sale. Do you know anything about it? Seems awfully cheap.
I've only seen the listing.. looks typical of other 42s I've been on.. though it's the same hull (the 41 has a modified transom) the aft cockpit deck of the 41 is a much more attractive boat, at least to me.

Hard to say why she's priced so low.. Could be worth a look if you like/want a center cockpit. We have friends who did the Pacific Orbit on a 42 that's still going strong. Good boats all around, but with many being owner finished you need to have eyes wide open!
3 Days Ago 08:55 PM
jbanderson50 I've also notice a 42 named Justa for sale. Do you know anything about it? Seems awfully cheap.
3 Days Ago 08:54 PM
jbanderson50 Yeah I may need to make a trip to the northwest to look at all three. I'll have to combine it with a visit to my sister who lives in Seattle. Thanks for the input. I agree that the boat in surrey seems a little pricy for the little you get. Even if it has little use. It need a lot of work to get her ready for offshore.
3 Days Ago 08:44 PM
Re: Fraser Built Sailboats

Jason, welcome to SN.

That boat looks clean enough, but it's an odd layout and somewhat roughly finished, clearly not a shipwright/joiner type of job.

There are two others nearby, one in Pt Roberts and another in Seattle that, though priced higher, look like much better packages. The one in Pt Roberts in particular looks well cared for and is a much more practical/typical layout for comfortable cruising. At the end of the day, assuming the selling prices stayed at the same differential I think either of the other two would be more worth pursuing - you'd soon forget the extra cost involved and appreciate the improved situation.

All this, of course, assuming the boats appear as good as they look in pics, and that nothing pops up in a good survey.

You could easily make the rounds and see them all in a day.
3 Days Ago 08:25 PM
jbanderson50 Hello my name is Jason. I've been looking for a nice vessel to circumnavigate the planet. While looking on Yachtworld I came across what looks like a nice 1980 Fraser 41 in Surrey BC. Does anyone know the whole story on this boat? Has anyone gone to look at it? Is it any good? I talked to the broker today but it almost sounds too good to be true. Lol.
Thanks for any info you might have.
02-18-2015 11:25 PM
Re: Fraser Built Sailboats

Kinohi is still sailing from Vancouver as a training vessel. We took a cruise and learn on her in '89 or '90. She is set up more for off-shore racing than cruising and was a very stable boat to learn on.
I convinced my wife to join me, using the typical magazine photos of luxurious accommodations and sunny skies. I won't repeat what she said when we walked through the pouring rain into that stark interior but she came through the course with flying colours.
02-10-2015 02:06 PM
Re: Fraser Built Sailboats

Dad built the hull and deck molds for DeKleer Bros Fraser 51. He also built the hull and deck molds for the Fraser 42+41. The hull and deck for the 51 were laid up by DeKleer Bros. The hull and deck were joined together and then transported to Gibsons to where he did all the remaining work. Amazing craftsman !! He trusted no one else's work and it sparkles in "The Last Dance".

There was 3 Fraser's (originally called Vancouver 42) laid up in our Richmond 1/2 acre backyard by hand. The first one was for the designer Doug Cook named "Halloween" The second one was for my dad Gene Rufer named "Kinohi" The third was for Doug Silver named "Kompai" The DeKleer Bros then took possession of the molds.

Dad did built a T-Bird in the Richmond garage as a hobby which was a work of art of all T-Birds. I don't know if Bonnie named it "Hat Trick"
02-10-2015 01:37 PM
Re: Fraser Built Sailboats

Originally Posted by ruff View Post
The history of the Fraser's

You can Google "DeKleer Bros" and the history will come up

Exceptionally strong boats. Designed by Doug Cook and the molds built by Gene Rufer (my father) Arbutus Coast Yachts has a Fraser 51 for sale "The Last Dance" which was the show stopper of all the sailboats at the 2015 Vancouver floating boat show.

Ruff.. didn't your dad pretty well singlehandedly complete 'The Last Dance' from a hull/deck kit in Gibsons?

btw.. a friend owned (and we sailed plenty on) your Dad's old TBird 'Hat Trick'.
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