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In Topic: Boats that I would buy

Yesterday, 07:56 PM

That makes sense, although I wonder if the HF could be dry sailed.  The Farr 30s are close to the same weight.

In Topic: Boats that I would buy

Yesterday, 05:42 AM

Thanks for the feedback on the HF31.


I'm considering it heavily.  It does sound like it needs new sails and likely running rigging from talking to the seller, so it's not a slam dunk.  Will check it out in person soon.  It's good to hear that quality wasn't an issue, a 5000lb displacement on a 31.5' boat that has a cruiseable interior is quite light.


I'm curious about other boats in this class (31-35' race boats that are comfortable to cruise and not too expensive to campaign) if other ideas come up.  I wish there were a couple of J/33s for sale.

At 3 feet longer and 2000lbs lighter than your current boat it should mover better, but even if it has interior headroom it is not going to be as nice a cruiser, and the sit on vs sit in cockpit is a mixed bag.  Is this a replacement or are you thinking of starting a fleet?  It is a great looker.

In Topic: Where to buy cockpit cushions

04 February 2016 - 08:39 PM

I had Bottomsiders on the last boat and they were great.  They could get a little sticky in the hot sun, but lasted for years, never absorbed water and could be hosed off or wiped down.  They also stayed in place while sailing without snaps or such.


C-cushions and Bottomsiders are pricey for what they are, it is the same idea as water ski vests, stadium and garden pads which are so cheep they are often given away for promotions.  I wonder if there is a way to get  one of those companies to make up a set for a boat.

In Topic: '89 Catalina 30 tall rig

01 February 2016 - 05:20 AM

I have been researching diesel webasto heaters (went to the boat show today for that reason) and so far have been impressed.  I know less about the hydronic ones, but one thing that keeps coming up is the difference in demand for a live aboard vs not.  Check the web sites or call a local sales office to figure that out, something about the duty cycle for the units.  My last boat had a bulkhead heater which was fine for a few nights at anchor, but for long term use a forced air or hydronic should be way better.  To help figure out cost a forced air webasto installed is 6-7 K US installed, a hydronic should be even more expensive.  If this boat has one in good working order it is a big plus.


The propane heater is a plus/minus.  The force 10 units (now called cozy cabin heaters) are the most basic, enough to take the chill off on a fall morning, not enough to heat the boat in winter.  A dickinson heater would be much better.  I suspect that with a electric radiator style heater at the dock and a working hydronic the bulkhead heater will get little use.


I agree with HB about Catalina direct being a good resource for these boats.  Even though I do not have a Catalina they have so many parts I have called them more than once and have been impressed by their service.


My boat had a universal 20 hp, it started in 1/2 second in 28 degree F after sitting for a month, ran for 12 hours in mid summer, never quit.  The only problem was a electric lift pump that crapped out one day, nothing related to the motor.  My new boat has a volvo, I wish it was the universal.

In Topic: 2016 Vanc Boat Show

23 January 2016 - 05:22 PM

Wow I have not thought about that thing since expo, I recall that at the peak it was the busiest resturaunt in the world.  We went there just to see it in action.