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Old 12-06-2008, 12:14 PM   #15
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Hello

Take a look at designer Graham Radford's site or Dudley Dix both design boats in steel that seem to fit what you are looking at. I sail a Radford 450 pilot which is truly world capable, relatively easy maintance. When I was looking several years back I found their boats listed on Yachtworld's web site but rare.

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Old 04-12-2009, 02:34 AM   #16
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Cruised on a 41 Morgan Classic Sloop. Loved the room, hated the stern and the twitchiness of her laying at anchor. After 4 years I realized that those nice sugar scoop transoms make it easier for unwanted guests to board. Matter of fact, few boats without walk out transoms were ever boarded in an anchorage. I began to love the transom as we hit major storms, (2 hurricanes, 8 Tropical storms and too numerous to mention storms) in the Bahamas and never got pooped. Currently our 411 is a dream, and dry, and nice to board, but every boat has advantages over another. Listen to all the concerns. Personally I think a good condition and well looked after 41 Morgan Classic is one of the best boats out there.
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:01 AM   #17
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You are getting some good input here. The Europeans have adopted aluminum boats much more rapidly that American sailors, you would have a much better chance of finding an aluminium boat across the pond. I think you'll find some rugged steel boats in the pacific NW region , USA & Canada.

That being said, I would like to agree that a skeg hung rudder is high on my list of things to look for. If we started a list of bluwater capable boats that might be available, over 40feet in length and priced in the 100 to 140 k range, I think we could come up with a pretty good size list. It seems like the ball has started rolling with the 41 Morgan CLASSIC, and the 45 Gulfstar Hirsch, I'll add a few more & I'll just bet this group can keep it going: Whitby 42, Tayana 42, Gulfstar 44 (designed by Ted Hood, I believe) Valiant 40,

CT 47 & CT 49, Peterson 44 & 46, Vagabond 42 & 47, Gulstar 50, Passport 40...

That's all my brain will come up with now, there are many, many more, but the reality is, production builderstoday, with the exception of Island Packet, have focused thier attention on canoe bodied, fin keel boats. A heavier displacement boat costs more to build, so you will more than likely find a boat better suited to your needs that was built 20 years ago, (or more!.)

Enjoy the journey & fair winds!

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Old 05-12-2009, 02:47 AM   #18
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Back to your original request... The "Amazon" is a Canadian built metal hulled boat with the option of a walk-through transom. There is another that is also made in Canada if my memory still works. Do a search on www.yachtworld.com for aluminum/steel sailboats and see what you come up with. You might also contact Bernie at Rogue Wave Yachts in Annapolis since I remember him carrying one or two that fit your initial criteria.

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Old 04-27-2012, 01:48 AM   #19
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Hi all, I'm new to this forum just interested in every ones opinion.on most suitable blue water job.
I maybe getting a Felts steel hull 36ft boat ,does anybody have any knowledge of these yachts,I would be very interested on your views if any?
I'm sorry if I am out of order by attaching myself to this thread,just seemed the ideal spot.
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:00 AM   #20
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Welcome, Tony. Can't help you out with info on your steel boat, but hopefully someone else can.

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Thank you for your welcome,lovely.
Actually he name of the boat should be Feltz,and not Felts.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:18 AM   #22
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Far be it from me to appear biased, but I really do think everyone should be looking at a canoe stern, double ender cutter for their next vessel purchase.

I'm thinking probably something around the 33' length with a bit of character but the longevity and low maintenance of fibre glass.

Having a bucket load of ultra modern, new gear and a new set of sails is probably also going to be an important requirement. A professional 2 pack respray for the hull and deck might also be something to look for.

Gee - well if that's really how everyone is thinking - have I the yacht for you!!!

Written all very much with tongue firmly planted in cheek and no ulterior motives whatsoever!

Seriously though - good look in your search. Look at lots, ask lots and when you have finished - ask and look lots further - before you know it - a yacht will catch your eye and you'll know.


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I know a man in Australia who has a 40ft-ish timber sailboat named "Peace Train". He named it from the song, and in particular the line...Peace Train gets me home again. That's a good thing to be thinking about when you're buying an offshore sailboat.
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Further to that, my son was nine or ten when we first encountered Peace Train. He later confided he thought that was a weird name for a boat - Pea Strain. He had never heard the song of course.
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