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buying a 38 foot boat

Hi All;

I am new to the sailing community and My wife and I would like to buy a 2005 or newer boat in the 38 foot range. We like to wide boats such as a Hanse; Dufour or a Beneteau. Is there a better boat in these three or any other suggestions.

We will be sailing on Lake Ontario for a couple of years and then we would like to take the boat to the Caribbean and also Europe.

Thanks in advance for any helpful advice.

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Re: buying a 38 foot boat

They are good value boats for Ontario to the Caribbean with modest sailing skills but getting one across the Atlantic will require more advanced skills.

For the Keys and Bahamas you need a shoal draft but for Caribbean and beyond you need the deeper keel models.

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Re: buying a 38 foot boat

The boats you mention are decent coastal cruisers. Fine for the Great Lakes and hops to the islands in good weather windows. However for crossing the Atlantic, there are better choices.

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A lot of boats sold as coastal cruisers or racers can be upgraded for offshore. Few boats are sold as and equipped as ready to sail offshore.

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Re: buying a 38 foot boat

When people ask about the boat they should buy, my suggestion is first to look at the livability of the boat. It is going to be your home, at sea sometimes, but mostly anchored or docked.
There are dozens of boats some consider seaworthy and others don't but none of them will be living aboard the boat you choose.
Following this theory, first, find a few well-reputed boats that you find are comfortable homes, then deal with those that you or whomever you are taking advice from suggest are suitable for your intended voyages.
If you aren't experienced sailors, then beg, borrow or charter a number of boats and spend some time on them to see if they would make a comfortable home.
A week or so back, the discussion as to which boats are comfortable in a rolly anchorage came up and there were many interesting posts. Then there are the boats that sail wildly at anchor, snapping around when they come tight on their anchor rode.
Many of the most respected ocean cruising boats are not very comfortable liveaboards.
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Re: buying a 38 foot boat

Hi Jim;

Thanks for your reply can you suggest some other models we should be looking at?

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Re: buying a 38 foot boat

Capta makes a good point about comfort/livability. I would add a livable cockpit is very important... one or even a few people can stretch out. The cockpit is also your patio/outside living room and aside from sailing you'll spend lots of time in... even entertaining friends. Cockpit comfort and functionality is very important. I don't see many boats under 40' with large comfy cockpits that are also good sailing ones.

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Re: buying a 38 foot boat

I would give the nod to the Hanse overall everything being equal but condition is everything. I also think that a Tartan 3700 would be a step up from any of the three mentioned in that size range. Several of the Sparkman & Stephens designed Tartan 37's have circumnavigated so while not designed as offshore boats they are certainly capable of offshore passages. There was a period in which Tartan was having quality control issues and I'm not sure which year models were involved so you would have to take that into consideration when you were looking.
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Re: buying a 38 foot boat

There are half a dozen brokers at the Grand Marina in Alameda, every 2 weeks they have "Open Boat" weekend where the brokerage docks are open, it's a good way to get a close look at different boats without any commitment.

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