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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   6 Hours Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 176
Posted By RainDog
Re: Another first boat searcher looking for advice

So a cockpit that seats 6 while sailing, room for 2 below to sleep, and a reasonable head are probably your requirements.

I would get something with a keel and try to avoid an inboard engine.

I...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   6 Hours Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 397
Posted By RainDog
Re: First Boat opinions?

Where will you be sailing? How do you like to sail? Light wind? Heavy wind? Racing? Overnighting on the boat? Just the two of you? Frequent guests? Cannot really give good advice without knowing how...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   7 Hours Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 176
Posted By RainDog
Re: Another first boat searcher looking for advice

It would help to know more about how you plan to use it. Day sail only? Overnight trips? Just the two of you? 2 friends? 6 friends? Casual racing? Solo sailing?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Day Ago
Replies: 176
Views: 7,585
Posted By RainDog
Re: In praise of production boats!

Just to clarify, I am not being coy. I am really curious. Perhaps the answer is just a "production boat" as the OP is using it is a boat most people thing is of low quality? I am genuinely curious...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Day Ago
Replies: 176
Views: 7,585
Posted By RainDog
Re: In praise of production boats!

But what distinguishes these brands, as a group, from say a JBoat or a Hallberg Rassy? Other than just naming brands, what does "production boat" as the OP is using it really mean? How do we define...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Day Ago
Replies: 176
Views: 7,585
Posted By RainDog
Re: In praise of production boats!

By successful, I just mean purely units sold, or total revenue. Both with work out pretty close I imagine.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Day Ago
Replies: 176
Views: 7,585
Posted By RainDog
Re: In praise of production boats!

But that just begs the question again, what exactly IS a "production boat"?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Day Ago
Replies: 176
Views: 7,585
Posted By RainDog
Re: In praise of production boats!

Where was this?



Now that is a topic worth discussing. To me the only reasonable definition is a mass-produced boat. As opposed to a semi-custom, custom, or one-off boat.

However these...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By RainDog
Re: Battery Switch

I operate the boat on just the house bank. I try to remember to switch it to both when starting the engine, then I put it right back to just the house bank. I only get drop out that resets my chart...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By RainDog
Re: Battery Switch

My 34 came from the factory wired for two banks with a 1/2/both switch. I just made 1 the starting battery and 2 the house bank, so did not have to change any wiring from the switch to the bank.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 176
Views: 7,585
Posted By RainDog
Re: In praise of production boats!

Especially in sailboats. If you build a high quality product that lasts, you eventually put yourself out of business because you cannot compete with your used products. Only way around this is to...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   1 Week Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 626
Posted By RainDog
Re: PSC 31 pros and cons

I cannot speak to the 31, but the 34 has a similar rudder design. It is no picnic learning to back it up compared to a boat with a balanced rudder. I imagine it is easier that your full keel boat.
...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By RainDog
Re: Another Caliber Question...

I have heard plenty of bad things about the looks of the 47, but not besides that.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 176
Views: 7,585
Posted By RainDog
Re: In praise of production boats!

I do like the pullman berth. We are used to climbing over each other, so not really that big of a deal for us. The trade off is the nice forepeak head/sail storage, which I like a lot.

The port...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 176
Views: 7,585
Posted By RainDog
Re: In praise of production boats!

I will put in my 2 cents for the Catalina 42 - 2 cabin. I think it is almost a perfect layout for a couples live-aboard boat. Big cockpit, shallow draft, great master cabin, plenty of room for a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 176
Views: 7,585
Posted By RainDog
Re: In praise of production boats!

It is interesting where Catalina is going with the new 425. Fractional rig, SA/D of 21, DL 130, and Waterline of 39'1". This is vs 17, 196, and 36' of the old 42. Seems like they are reacting to some...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 176
Views: 7,585
Posted By RainDog
Re: In praise of production boats!

Maserati are NOT production boats, yet they also make terrible blue water cruisers.
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 427
Posted By RainDog
Re: Bimini for PS34

We use a very similar setup to Jo Beth. My boat came with a conventional Bimini, and I hated it for a number of reasons. When we added the dodger we did a similar awning that attaches to the dodger...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 176
Views: 7,585
Posted By RainDog
Re: In praise of production boats!

I agree. To me a production boat is any non-custom boat. Maybe not semi-custom either. For sure I would consider Island Packet, Pacific Seacraft, J/Boats, etc. production boats.

That is not the...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,384
Posted By RainDog
Re: Staysails as original equipment?

I would bet $100 Crealock would not have approved of selling the boat with one headsail no matter what they called it. I would guess that was a marketing decision and not a design decision. I think...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 176
Views: 7,585
Posted By RainDog
Re: In praise of production boats!

The way it is usually used here, it means a boat from a volume builder built on spec. This would be as opposed to a boat built to order, a semi custom boat, or a boat built by a low-volume builder.
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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 176
Views: 7,585
Posted By RainDog
Re: In praise of production boats!

I think there are real, meaningful, differences between boats from a manufacturer that builds 100s of boats a year vs. one that builds 10.

I also think there are real differences between a boat...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 176
Views: 7,585
Posted By RainDog
Re: In praise of production boats!

That makes sense and explains why I like the Catalinas better. I am old school when it comes to aesthetics. I find most of the "contemporary" boats hideous. I like the old H/B/C. I also like a boat...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 176
Views: 7,585
Posted By RainDog
Re: In praise of production boats!

A boat worker I have great faith in that does electric/plumbing/diesel work, and has been on a ton of boats, told me that Catalinas have better system access than most of the others.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 176
Views: 7,585
Posted By RainDog
Re: In praise of production boats!

I agree with Scotty. Catalina's are the best. Never sailed a hunter, but have sailed several Benes.

What is the deal with Bavarias? They are crazy cheap used.
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