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09-01-2014 10:05 AM
Jaxxiam
Re: Challenger 40..... A good foundation?

It's been over a year, any updates! Another Challenger has come to the market that has spiked my interest.

Anybody still here?
01-29-2013 05:57 PM
Planeman1960
Re: Challenger 40..... A good foundation?

My Bad... and yes it was a type-O and we will be headed off shore full time in a couple years. Hoping for a couple years in the med, then the caribean sea then the pacific run.

Thanks
01-29-2013 05:39 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Challenger 40..... A good foundation?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Planeman1960 View Post
So, I am coming to the party late. But, I am the "new" owner of the Challenger 40 Ketch Susy sold in 2009. After more than 3 years of owning and living aboard her I would agree with the comments above. A very solid cruising boat that I would hesitate to take off shore.

We have installed a number of upgrades so far and we have a few more to go before we leave but almost all of the work has been updating older systems and not fixing broken stuff.

Have a great sail! Tim and Tina SV Alethiea
Can we assume the highlight is a typo and you meant wouldn't? Makes a big difference.
01-29-2013 01:41 PM
Planeman1960
Re: Challenger 40..... A good foundation?

So, I am coming to the party late. But, I am the "new" owner of the Challenger 40 Ketch Susy sold in 2009. After more than 3 years of owning and living aboard her I would agree with the comments above. A very solid cruising boat that I would hesitate to take off shore.

We have installed a number of upgrades so far and we have a few more to go before we leave but almost all of the work has been updating older systems and not fixing broken stuff.

Have a great sail!

Tim and Tina
SV Alethiea
03-07-2012 07:54 PM
sfchallenger
Re: Challenger 40..... A good foundation?

Hey Captaindad,

I'd be interested in having a look at your documents, I have a Challenger 40' ketch rig. I'm in the sf bay too, so perhaps we could meet somewhere and I could photocopy if you don't have them in electronic format. Ping me here or e-mail me at hfield at matpelbuilders dot com if that could work.

Cheers,
h
03-07-2012 12:53 PM
Captaindad
Re: Challenger 40..... A good foundation?

hi there, just to echo some things already said; she's a great sailing boat with a nice gentle motion, the head room is a huge plus (i'm just over 6ft), the engine access is great, the interior build quality is very well thought out, and the galley is highly livable. i have some original documentation including the owners' manual if you'd like to to see it. we've owned ours (family of 4) for about a year and love her more every time we take her out. she handles the sf bay like a pro and can keep up with much younger boats with no problem. she's a sloop rigged fin keeled craft that is capable of 35deg off weather when properly trimmed and can make 7-9 kts comfortably. i wouldn't hesitate to make a passage in her at all.
11-17-2011 08:51 AM
SuzySailor She is full keeled.
11-16-2011 07:41 PM
Swift Drift Thanks Suzy! I just walked away from a full keeled ketch in Californina last week..... had too many things going on. I was sold on that set up and am now only able to locate a sloop rigged fin keel challenger 40. Was your ketch full or fin keeled?
11-16-2011 07:33 PM
SuzySailor Swift, SFChallenger has given you lots of specifics, but just to chime in-- we sold our Challenger 40 ketch a year ago. She was a solidly built boat with lots of light in the interior, and a TON of storage space. She sailed very well. An excellent boat with a little-known name.
10-28-2011 02:33 AM
Swift Drift Sweet! Just sent you an e-mail.
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