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01-16-2013 11:16 PM
Re: 42 ft Slocum: Need Advice.

Originally Posted by Debs View Post
By the way how do I change the flag since we're Canadians...from Vancover Island that is.
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01-16-2013 10:45 PM
Re: 42 ft Slocum: Need Advice.

Welcome Debs, another newbie with plans for heading out. We are from the west too, AB, but heading out later this summer from the east. Well wishes, and all the best with making your choice of boat. I'm liking the center cockpits the more I look, but am happy with our choice because we have sailed her, and she felt very secure. I've read, you need to love the boat you pick, and with love we all know, it take commitment and work, so follow your heart, and of course.. all the knowledge of this site Best wishes.
01-16-2013 10:15 PM
Re: 42 ft Slocum: Need Advice.

By the way how do I change the flag since we're Canadians...from Vancover Island that is.
01-16-2013 10:13 PM
Re: 42 ft Slocum: Need Advice.

We have sailed my brother's 36 ft Lapworth over a period of 4 or 5 summers, between 3 & 5 weeks a summer. Its been in bad repair so haven't sailed her the past couple years. We figure we need more room than that if we are going to live aboard.
01-16-2013 06:47 PM
Gary M
Re: 42 ft Slocum: Need Advice.

If you do not have experience sailing/ handling a 40 something sailboat of heavy displacement I would suggest you find some nice soul who will take you out on one. That is a lot of boat for a couple to handle, can be done but worth considering.
01-15-2013 08:51 PM
Re: 42 ft Slocum: Need Advice.

my boat though smaller has a u shaped settee .. I don't like it.. too much trouble to get behind the table.
01-15-2013 04:19 PM
Re: 42 ft Slocum: Need Advice.

We went aboard a passport 47 last week & loved the layout as well....very similar to the Slocum. Will check out the Valiant & Passport 42. I reacon the Passport 47 will be too pricy for us.
01-15-2013 01:37 AM
Re: 42 ft Slocum: Need Advice.

If you truly plan to sail offshore the 'rounded settee' is not really very practical if you need a midships sea berth during a passage. Coastal cruising and harbour hopping it's less of an issue.

Valiant 40/42 and Passport 42 are a couple of similar boats - the P42 is from the same designer as the Slocum - (West Van's Stan Huntingford). If the budget is there I'd prefer the Passport 40 overall, beautiful fit-out, rock solid, better performance, big cockpit... but probably a bit pricier.

I'd avoid going to 47 feet personally, but YMMV...
01-15-2013 12:09 AM
Re: 42 ft Slocum: Need Advice.

Thanks for everyones input.
Gary, I will check out the "similar posts" below.
We haven't yet bought a boat. I suppose what I really liked re the Slocum was the semi rounded salon & generally the downstairs seemed less clausterphobic than others. We are planning to live aboard for 2 to 5 years or more. First we want to sail up & down the West coast (from Comox, Vancouver Isl) then, when & if we are confident enough to head south down the coast. If anyone out there is presently sailing a Slocum 43 we'd love to hear from you or if there's anyone who can suggest another boat for our purposes that would be great too! Around 40 to 47 ft. This is wonderful having a forum like this.
01-13-2013 10:21 PM
Re: 42 ft Slocum: Need Advice.

hI Deb I was terrified of Helling ,Now Love it! And did not tell he person who's Boat I WAS SAILING or should I SAY Learning on, But as my courage increased so did my confidence!
You will be Fine Tough it out it,s worth it !!! Roger
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