Discussion in 'Downeast Boat NEWBIES' started by Arcadia 12, Nov 11, 2017.
They are called smart rails. They are put on with very high end glue.
Thanks, I will look them up!
Arcadia, one of the issues you will have to deal with is that not all NB's are the same. They have been finished by many different folks and, as a consequence, have different features, strengths, and weaknesses. I think the best we can do is give you our experiences as a basis for comparison. But as tunaorlator has pointed out (probably the best expert save John Hutchins, aka Numasahake), it is really hard to go wrong with a NB of your vintage (non-Barrett Snow constructs).
Mine is a 1998 build, finish in 2001 by Pilots Point, divinycell cored, with a 1999 420 Yanmar. Fully loaded (Genset, AC, fuel, stuff, etc.) I am at 22,000 lbs and cruise at 15 - 17 kn at 2700 - 3000 rpm (3400 WOT rpm) burning 12 - 15 gph on average. The hull is a tank that (almost) never pounds in a head sea (except exiting the cape cod canal wind vs. tide at 18kn) and can take way more than the crew. I have cruised Buzzards Bay, Nantucket Sound, Rhode Island Sound, Cape Cod Canal, and all over Maine and never been out in conditions that exceed the boats capacity. Many much faster boats cannot keep up with me in common Buzzards Bay/Rhode Island Sound conditions because they have to slow so much based on conditions which I do not. Very hard to find a boat (of equal LOA) that performs so much better that you would change your mind. That being said, you have to make your own decision based on the age of the boat, condition, maintenance, etc.
Just giving you a few $0.01 of comments to color your knowledge base.
That is the best write up I have ever read of a NB. The next step forward is the 36 Flowers designed by Spencer Lincolin, a 36 Nb just better. Both are great boats but size does mater.
Thank you for this! Well went for a ride today in Savannah Ga. on a 38 NB! Beast of boat! A Clark Island build! Cruised about 18 knots, owner said bottom was dirty, should cruise about 20 knots. Nice cruiser with fly bridge. May have some pictures later.
Just so you know a 38 NB is not the 36 NB stretched 2 feet, it is a totally different boat.
Any thoughts on the 38 flowers? What's the difference in the NB hull and flowers hull! By the way nice looking boat you have!
The 38 Flowers and NB are closer than the two 36's. At 38 feet both boats are close in beam but the shape of the bow in the 38 NB lifts the boat more and it has a slightly different ride. Not good or bad just different depending on what you are looking for your intended purpose.
I love the barrett Snow comment. I know one very lucky boat owner who was able to get his build out of that shop and over to jeff sullivans shop. I happen to be at jeffs when the boat arrived. The fuel tanks had been installed. Jeff stepped on the fuel tank and his foot broke right thru the top of the tank. Had to start over from scratch. What a pillar of the community snow was.
So Barrett Snow was a finisher, who didn't do quality work, any Idea which years he built boats?
I think around 2003 he was in business. I wouldnt worry to much. Not many finished and its never really a secret who the builder is when looking at used boats. Xbskt must have known snow. Its a small island in that regard.
I knew of him when he was freelancing repairs around here. He did a repair for my business partner and did a good job if I remember correctly but that seems to be the exception. As a recovering alcoholic I find the story sad. So much untapped potential wasted because of issues I understand too well to be difficult to overcome.
I am very good friends with the person that owned the molds at the time and he had a hell of a time getting them out of hock after things blew up. He eventually got them out of the bulifing they were locked in after a battle and then they went to Stacy where they are now. I think he still is partial owner but was happy to get out of the Snowstorm without losing everything.
Lol yeah what he said. We had some snow dealings also!