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bsfree 10-30-2001 01:31 PM

Challenger 35 ketch
Does anyone out there own a Challenger 35'' ketch? and if so have you sailed off shore? I am interested in your experiences cos I am going off shore in the next 24 months and would like to know what to expect.
Thank you
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Jeff_H 10-30-2001 02:56 PM

Challenger 35 ketch
If you are talking about an Alden Challenger, I believe they were sloops and yawls.


bsfree 11-01-2001 05:51 PM

Challenger 35 ketch
No. Challenger was the name of the manufacturer, built in Long Beach CA, but thanks for replying anyway.

mabell2u 09-01-2006 04:43 AM

Challenger 35 Experience
I just took a big gamble and purchased a Challenger 35 ketch. Can you share any pics of yours, and any stories that might help me as I start off my season of sailing her? Oh...she has a huge Nissan 65 hp deisel that standard?

Looking for any info, that might help me bend the learning curve, and save face with my wife :):rolleyes:


SimonV 09-01-2006 12:23 PM

This Tread Is 6 Yrs Old

bsfree 09-01-2006 01:47 PM

Boy, this thread is old isn't it! I posted the original question, never did get to sail offshore, went back to Europe for a spell, am now back in CA and have another Challenger, a 32' this time. Love the boats. I'd be happy to help in any way I can mabell.
All the best

krissteyn 09-15-2006 10:35 PM

As another "interested" sailor - yes - what is she like in a bluewater environment - my buddy wants to take his from the Ches to Bahamas on the outside - comments anyone ?

crzhors 09-16-2006 11:52 PM

Challenger owner
We just purchased a 1973 Challenger 40 here in Panama and would love to hear from others who are familiar with these vessels.We have some mast step issues and could use some experienced advice.Thanks!

bsfree 09-19-2006 12:44 PM

Here is a site (the only one I know of about Challengers) that may be of use to you I don't have blue water experience of the boats, but understand they are more than capable in that environment.
I'll be pulling my mast in a few months to refurbish it, I'll know more about the step then. In the meantime all I can offer is that you examine the collar the mast sits in to get an idea of what may be required.
There is a great article on exactly this subject on Sailnet that should be of assistance to you.
All the best

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