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Old 03-10-2009, 01:08 AM   #1
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Thinking about looking at a 1988 Gulf Pilot House, Displaces 18.5, Full Keel. Not a bad looking boat, but needs some new electronics. I can afford to buy now and sail in the Northwest waters.

Will this venture offshore to do the typical circumnavigate. Not going to sail against the wind or anything out of the norm with it.

I could be sailing the next 4-5 years while I get the bugger in shape.

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Thinking about looking at a 1988 Gulf Pilot House, Displaces 18.5, Full Keel. Not a bad looking boat, but needs some new electronics. I can afford to buy now and sail in the Northwest waters.

Will this venture offshore to do the typical circumnavigate. Not going to sail against the wind or anything out of the norm with it.

I could be sailing the next 4-5 years while I get the bugger in shape.

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Hi, Duckwheat!

Don't know anything about this boat other than it's got a full keel and seems pretty hardy--but when I hear "pilot house" I get excited--since we love the higher latitudes and that's where having that second steering station inside, out of the elements, can really help you. Hopefully someone will come along with experience with this boat.

Maybe we'll see you sailing up in the San Juan Islands or up around BC somewhere next year? That would be great
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Three very experienced people have them at our marina, and all of them love their boats!

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It is a Garden design and reportedly well-found. Every one I have ask (as I have no first-hand experience), speaks highly of this boat.

I just got off of the phone with an extremely knowledgable sailor who described them as very seaworthy and roomy for a 32 foot boat! He has a close friend who has taken his all over the world. I especially like the interior helm for bad weather. He stated that they were not particularly performance sailing craft, but were an excellent boat for cruising.

Hey, the gang here is getting excited for you! A survey will be in order of course!!!

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Did you look at it? did you buy it?
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Have not got over to look. I have a copy of the survey from 2 years back. Nothing major. I told him the price I was looking to stay near, and if he got to that I would come and look. He said he was going to give it a few more weeks and then call ........................
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Have not got over to look. I have a copy of the survey from 2 years back. Nothing major. I told him the price I was looking to stay near, and if he got to that I would come and look. He said he was going to give it a few more weeks and then call ........................
Good luck on it. We'll expect pictures, of course
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Would have to spend a lot of $ to get her up to speed. Just a rough estimate, about as much as they are asking for the boat.

I am just going to fan my self a little and calm down.

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Would have to spend a lot of $ to get her up to speed. Just a rough estimate, about as much as they are asking for the boat.

I am just going to fan my self a little and calm down.

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Well...you could buy a boat like we did...we've put 25x $$$ into it what it cost to just buy the boat

If you're going to be cruising, it is very typical to spend as much on readying the boat as the basic purchase. sometimes 2x the cost of the boat. That's why if you've got $50K to spend, you should be looking at a $20K boat.. similarly if you've got $200K to spend, be looking at the $70K boats...got it? We sold our Rawson for $7.2K and expect that the new owners will put maybe $10K into readying her for real cruising. It all scales in an amazingly similar pattern.
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