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  1. Nice. Always remember the fuel filter set up but relocating the oil filter solid!
  2. I’m fairly certain there is an access panel at the filter locations but confirming this week with HR.
  3. SA/D is 19+…. With the fat ass it has it could be sticky but also comfortable- fair point already noted.
  4. I have been looking at photos and drawings to confirm access to filters belts impeller etc. and you are correct there are side access panels, as well as front and rear access areas to get to these items. Might be tight but doable I’m OK with jenga as long as I win. BTW the new HRs CAN be had without teak decks. They still have teak cap rails and details in the cockpit but I’m willing to deal with that. Funny you can still get a single rudder HR 37.2 but it has teak decks While the new models (340 and 400) can be had with only two rudders with or without teak decks. Plan is to leave it i
  5. This is an HR 400. We are digging into this boat and sorting through its details. I believe the aft facing engine with the sail drive (SD) forward to be a hold over from the 40C a center cockpit design that utilizes the same hull. We are trying to understand trade offs and what we simply do not know. I’m finding very little help from google. Anyone have experience with this setup or random “Cliff Calvin” thoughts to share?
  6. Thought I would share a follow up - Over the last few days we asked this question AGAIN to HR and received a very thoughtful and complete response confirming everything Matagi noted (I'm beginning to wonder if he works for them ) In short the 372 is still a very good boat for them with no plans to replace it soon.
  7. This is something we had not thought about. But it appears to have bulk head at the suggested location not sure its water tight but certain it goes above WL. HMMM
  8. Yes to the RMs JPKS. Great designs inside and out. where did the HR rendering come from?
  9. I appreciate and agree with almost all your thoughts. But we sailed the new HR 340 and it sailed GREAT even with the apartment finishes. We have sailed many boats in this size range over many years and as sailing quality goes I was shocked how good it was and was the primary reason it and the 400 are near the top of our list. HULL technology and build quality is no doubt old school and low tech but good and far better than the Js we have previously owned.
  10. I guess I’m an easy read. We had a 109 and cruised it for long weeks weekends and ultimately wanted better quality and something we could comfortably spend longer time on. Love the utilitarian nature of J boats and nice sailing. Yes a bit nicer finish/build quality is key. The SE37 is beautiful but more day sailor than would fit for us. And the Dehler is new to us - interesting. great suggestions
  11. Re X4:0 From my perspective T bulbs on cruising boats are deal killers. Many other reasons we dropped them from the list but loved the XC38.
  12. We have and another SA friend suggested this exact boat - Love this builder - I really appreciate more contemporary designs and boats that perform but as we have raced less and cruised more, with just 2, we appreciate more easy handling boats that also are a bit more “comfortable”. Our challenge has been that we like lots of boats - it has taken several years to narrow our scope but appear to be getting close.
  13. I think you’re correct and likely where HR is at. the 372 is fantastic and we are still giving it minimal consideration. Like you we are guessing they will hold on to it for a few more years but IMO it is still becoming dated for the reasons mentioned up thread. Big thumbs up to HR for keeping their products fresh and continuing to make modest sized nicely built boats that have the ability to cruise and sail well. To HRs credit when they Introduced the 400 they gave public notice and plenty of time for customers to order the 412 that the 400 replaced guessing they would do the same
  14. RE teak decks: you are correct they are glued down. I love teak and I love boat projects but simply not too interested in maintaining that much if given the option. Again spot on: using the 340 and 372 as comparators 340 LOD 10.36; LOA (with sprit) 10.95; LWL 10.10 372 LOD 11.35; LOA 11.35; LWL 10.25 370 based on my interpretation; LOD 11.35; LOA (with sprit) 11.9ish; LWL 10.75 ish To me the numbers look great. And again to one of your points it fits nicely in a 40’ slip. HR reps have told us two thing re a possible 370. First, dealers in the field w
  15. We have recently sailed the 340 and looked hard at the 400 and 372. What we prefer with the newer designs are an updated cockpit with a bit more room and a move away from the large single wheel. We also like the added beam aft and twin rudders. The 340 sailed very well on all points particularly when being “pressed” I’m guessing form stability and twin rudders were part of this. Also fans of the new generation HR transom with fold down platform. Increased LWL for given LOA with newer designs. The newer designs have also been designed so that you can order the boat without a teak deck.
  16. Old string and a bit of disappointment but back on topic I was hoping what turned out to be the new 400 was a 370. 372 feels like an old design but a great seize for us. Now 11 years old hoping a 370 would be coming soon. We asked HR but they gave no indication if or when a new 37ish would be coming. Hmmmmmm
  17. Aka panis and completely consistent with the fat bastard known as...... ok stopping myself
  18. All solid advice as we are creeping towards a similar new purchase. SO after all you learned would you do it again?
  19. Agree to all your thoughts. And goodness knows we have utilized other resources to inform our thoughts. In our case the shows have been an EASY way to touch and feel the product as well as discover smaller brands we would not have been exposed to in other formats (internet). For us they have been very helpful so I guess I’m just projecting my experience onto a more global condition
  20. We went to a series of shows last year including Annapolis. We have narrowed the list but are now unable to travel internationally to, sail our short list, visit factories/yards, and move the process forward. The cancellation of these events would appear to have tons of downstream economic implications and I wonder what The industry will look like in a few years? Will small manufacturers bridge the intervening period from when they show their goods again to when the next series of orders hit their books?
  21. Or similar j/108. I happen to like them both
  22. Shallow draft: Your correct but specific to us - home port is PDX. The Columbia is a beautiful place to cruise so shallow water capability is a big plus for us. That noted the boat will spend equal time in areas that this is not a concern and the deeper draft of a mono would not be a negative.
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