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    Anyone follow them on Youtube? One of the only " I want to go sailing so pay me " video series that I watch. He's an innovative guy. Their first boat broke up a few months ago and they are trying to buy a second one now.
  2. Put it on a truck if you can. Seaway is ok but takes forever. Barge canal required that the spar comes down. A truck gets you there at 55 mph
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    Questions on Valiant Structurals

    I owned V50-103 which was a Texas built boat and V42-127 also Texas built. Both were built to aircraft standards. I doubt that you can find an older boat save a Swan that will hold up as well. Rich Worstell did a great job of mechanical planning and installs.
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    MJM Powerboats. New ownership?

    I assume that Bob Johnstone who is well into his 80's wants to turn the business over to son Peter.
  5. Which of the French Cat builders currently produces the best all around boat ? I'm looking for 42 ft new that will take one trip across the Atlantic pond and then move throughout the Caribe and South American Coast. Well put together and built with good if not top quality fittings and fit out.
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    Best out of the box French Cat

    French because it is close to the Med and that's part of the plan. Seawinds are great so are Maine Cats but I'd like to start this adventure in the Med
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    Best out of the box French Cat

    True MultiThom but I'd like to spend a month playing in the Med on the boat
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    Best out of the box French Cat

    Paul... Great to see your name and hear from you. Maybe you're right about the Rapido.
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    What design is this?

    Yep a Gale Force. Great little boats. The guy who built them died a year or so ago but his son is still around and may even be on this site. I think there's even a molded Hulya and deck somewhere if you want a new one/
  10. BJ.. .02 from a guy who has built and sold many companies over the past 45 years. In my experience you should always take your first loss. Don't compound it by trying to out think your current position. Sell your boat as-is where is. Agree if anything to contribute to getting the boat to the buyer. All the various schemes to improve your sales number are chimera. You are dealing with a very tiny potential scope of buyers. Don't throw more money at the project.
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    Performance Cruiser - Shoal draft

    I kept my Tartan 4700 there. I had 6" feet of draft.No problem at all
  12. more than 5,000 hours on my 4 cylinder Lehman Ford diesel on my Hinckley SW 50 when I sold it. Factory advised that it was time to replace it but it was still chugging along just fine.
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    Eight Bells Mark Lindsay

    Mark had an interesting career. He cut a wide swath through life and was well regarded for his skill and his attitude.
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    Who killed MR. CLEAN?

    Alan is alive, well and thriving. I was with him this week and we are scheming and working together
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    Why the Rustler 36?

    It's like a car race limited to 1920 Bentleys . Silly but still charming in a historic way. I think if pressed to do a race like that I'd choose an old Swan 44 or even a Valiant 40 but neither would be allowed.
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    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Owner and factory have gone radio silent. It's going to make an interesting story someday
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    Construction of a Pogo 12.50

    It’s good to have friends !
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    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Figure it will be up for sale next month ?
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    Ever heard about Coppercoat? Is it effective?

    The Contessa in the UK and Michigan and the Tartan in Biscayne Bay and the Great Lakes. The secret of getting really good antifouling properties with Coppercoat is in the preparation and the application.I have been very happy with it and an added bonus is that it increases the resistance to water penetration of the hull. I’m rather surprised more people don’t use it
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    Ever heard about Coppercoat? Is it effective?

    I used Copper Coat on 2 Valiants, a Contessa 32 and my Tartan 4700. Here is the Tartan after 4 years.
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    Swede 55

    Except for the cabin top
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    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Want quick, buy a Beneteau. Want a piece of art ? Be patient. In 25 years guess who will still be smiling?
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    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    I've done many construction projects and a few boats too. As one approaches the end of project it is common for things to reach a snail pace. Often parts are backordered and the remaining work is highly detailed. I recall reading some time ago that Baltic was building a boat that they expected it would require 4 years to complete.
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    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    That is absolutely the most beautiful sailboat I have ever seen. I can’t wait to see the launch photos.