Looking for 34'-36' DE equipped for cruising

rcwtristan

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Selling my 40', 24,000 lb sailboat (Island Packet). Looking for downeaster, cruising outfitted, vessel with an age of maybe year 2000 to 2004 roughly speaking.
 

djmarchand

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I went through the same search process as you are going through. Sold the last of 6 sailboats in my sailing career and wanted a downeaster for its seakeeping abilities and no flybridge.

I searched Yachtworld, this site's found boats section, and various FSBO sites. There was very little available at any price that met my criterion. The Calvin Beal noted above is a nice boat but the cabin too short. I wanted a long cabin with galley down that would have two helm seats and room for two settees or an L-shaped settee behind. Those specs are very rare in the downeaster world.

The closest I could come was Bill Parlatore'sGrowler, a Zimmerman 36. It was layed out perfectly. But the price was astronomical.

So, I found a compromise that works pretty well- the Mainship Pilot 34. It meets almost all of my specs. The two settees in the upper cabin are a bit short- about 5' 6" and it isn't finished with a back wall and door- it has a rear plastic enclosure which saves weight and makes it look sporty I suppose.

But all in all it works. There are several 2000-2004 models on the market in the low $100s. They can be had in a soft canvas top or a hardtop that commands $10k more. I like the hardtop.

Here is a picture of mine:

David

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Jay c

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The "Zimmerman" is a 36 bhm. I met the owner a few years at a show ago when my in laws were looking for a cruiser. He didn't seem to happy when I told my FIL it was alot of money for a fancy bhm...
 

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Look no further. New low price of $239,000. Boat is in Onset, MA if you want to have a look, let me know.

http://downeastboatforum.com/free-c...ale-wanted/36-calvin-beal-3418.html#post91047
Still looking for the dreamboat DE for me, the wife and the 2 cats to keep going on after 20,000 miles in my Island Packet. And looking forward the days of not having 53' mast and speed limited to 7 kn. Not a high speed cruiser but 11, 12, 13 - all day long - opens a lot of new doors.

Stinkpot's Calvin Beal is a beauty, and is maybe 80% what I'm looking for. Doesn't have a side door at helm (which I would prefer) but rear steering station accomplishes the same for dockwork,etc. Biggest drawback is a strong preference for giving up some of the beautiful HUGE cockpit in favor of more of a salon. We spend a lot of time on the boat so living quarters get high marks. And price wise is a bit high on my budget which is the 175 to 220 range if I found the perfect boat without too much $$ needed to make it what I want equipement wise. (Not saying Stinkpot's is overpriced - it is a beauty and $ seems quite fair, espec since downward price on it recently. I could deal with most of the mods needed for long term cruising - autopilot, windlsass, swim platform, switch elec stove to propane, all except getting side rails pretty easy. The railing one would be real tough retro fit around $20k one builder told me).

But, bottom line, want more salon space and not sure I want all the beam of a Calvin Beal at almost 14'. Looked at a BHM 36 with 13' beam and it felt like a gym inside! Still think the narrower Duffy 35 is about the size I'm liking best. Am aware of all the Yachtworld listings. Looking for "undiscoverd gems" (right!) but I am willing to pay for what I want if I find it. Thanks for all you guys' input. - Bob in Chesapeake Bay
 

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I dont know how handy you are or if you are looking for a project. But My 35 JC with some gutting and new interior layout could fit the bill.
I'll be actually listing the boat once the ice and snow clear my harbor.
 

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I think you'll like the 35 Duffy. I mostly fish mine but have done some cruising trips too. Plenty of room for 2 people and easy to handle.
I have all the bells and whistles you want but unfortunately it's not for sale. I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have.
A few photos...

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Thanks Masterenagade, but not really looking for a big project to start out with. Between my 40 Island Packet (sail; selling it) and a 140 year old house, I'm pretty handy with tools. But I've found there's enough of a project just keeping them both Cherry-looking from a constant maintenance standpoint. Am hoping to start out this boat with a 90-95% "just right" to begin with. That's one reason for a pretty hefty budget noted above. -Bob from Chesapeake Bay
 

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No worries. Sooner or later the rite boat will turn up for you. Good hunting to you.
 


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