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Bombay Explorer 44
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I believe this boat was Florida built in the 70s.

Does anybody know anything about them. We would use it to cruise the Windward and Leewards. Is it realistic to think that a couple in their 60s could handle it?
 

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Bombay Explorer 44
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Yes that is the one we are considering.

She is a good looking old girl but we are wondering what she is like under the skin. Good water tankage but what about the hull or any other big potential problems.
 

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Bombay went out of business in the late 70's and is best known for its' Clipper and Express models which I believe became the hull molds for the original Island Packet yachts. Don't know anything about the Explorer but it looks to be a much different and more racer/cruiser oriented boat than the better known models. Pehaps Jeff_H could tell you more.
If the pictures and description truly reflect the condition and upkeep of the boat, she looks to be well worth a closer look!
 

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Before I saw the add for this Bombay for sale I was only aware of one other, besides mine, both 31' Clippers, in the area. Assuming the hull on 44' was laid up like mine, it will be solid glass right at an inch thick and will have some small blisters. My boat had a few weeping blisters that I had repaired after stripping the bottom down to gelcoat last November. There are probably another 15-20 small (quarter size) blisters on the hull I did not touch. If the hull is in the condition mine is it would not be much a concern to me. I would be more concerned about the engine, rigging, and centerboard condition.

If you make the trip down to look at it, let me know, I'd love to take a peak at her.

Good luck.
 

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Bombay Explorer 44
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Well I have been down to have a look and am still trying to find out more about the company who built it and the history of sister boats and any problems. The boat looks OK but I have reservations about hull ripples and extensive deck cracks.

I found one called the Jolly Rodger that had an eventful sail down the Californian coast with the Baja HaHa and will try to contact the owner to find out if they have similar problems.
 
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