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Has anyone had any experience with or thoughts about the LM 30 and 32 line of pilothouse sailboats? There's a couple 32's for sale on the east coast; one in Michigan and the other in Rhode Island. They're double enders with a comfortable looking pilothouse and main cabin. They look well built from Denmark and with a fin keel, could sail well depending on other factors.
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Interesting comparison to several others here... If you like the look and can live with the loss of volume aft of a double ender, this one's relatively light compared to the Gulf 32, for instance. Pretty good numbers all around, actually, as far as the outlook for decent sailability...

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Chris White does have some pretty slick designs. I think I'd have to be a Lotto winner to get one but they do look like they'd sail well. That extra length sure can bring boats into proportion.
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Re: What do you think about a pilothouse sailboat

Hey thanks for the Practical Sailor LM link, Faster. They seem to like it overall with typical pilothouse reservations. I like the looks of a double ender but am not specifically looking to buy one. I still would like a good sailing boat but that may be hard to find in a pilothouse. I suppose after looking awhile, I may just get a typical sloop for the sailing properties and a cabin that isn't chopped up. I've owned a J-29, Santana 30 and smaller fin keel boats along with some light racing on them and other boats plus sailed on a friends C&C 38 so not sure how more of a cruising boat, especially a pilothouse will fit in. The shelter from the rain and summer sun sure is appealing, though.

I hadn't noticed an LM owner association before so will check into that.
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JDR22, do you have any info you can ad about your North Sea 34? Any pics will be appreciated. I hear they're well made, possibly plainly appointed and sail well. The size seems pretty good to me, too.
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Oops, I mean JRD22 regarding the North Sea 34.
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Oops, I mean JRD22 regarding the North Sea 34.
John (jrd22) doesn't check in as often as he used to, perhaps send him a PM? He'll likely get a notification if you do. I expect he'll respond, he's a great guy.

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Thanks Faster. Good to know.
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Re: What do you think about a pilothouse sailboat

Hey Bill (elliowb), I've been keeping tabs on the Florida Pacific Seacraft 32 pilothouse on auction you told me about. It was surveyed Monday and sold right after a good report. They look like a boat with some nice features but when I saw a pic of it hauled out, the keel looked pretty short. Around here, we seem to have deep water, mostly, so a deeper keel with better windward performance could be advantageous. Thanks for the heads up on it.
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Re: What do you think about a pilothouse sailboat

Well, I see this thread is still alive and well!

My folks have finally decided to part ways with their beloved North Sea 33' pilothouse discussed a decade ago back on page 2...

She's in great shape, new Yanmar, beautiful varnish, canvas, etc.

On Seattle Craigslist if anyone wants to get some pilothouse experience first hand.
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