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    Newport 30, exposed keelbolts?

    Took another look in the dry bilge. The nuts are pretty rusted!:confused: The bolts look clean. Good idea to back the off some, I couldn't do that now. But the nuts looks intact enough to take off and replace? I tried with a magnet, and they're both magnetic.. He said he had anti-freeze in the...
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    Newport 30, exposed keelbolts?

    I meant that's just what the newport manual says; the keelbolts are encapsulated from the factory. So in this one someone must have hacked them out, for ... some reason? I fear it might have been a grounding so hard that the keel had to be droppped and reattached, and who knows what other hidden...
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    Newport 30, exposed keelbolts?

    Looking at a 1986 Newport 30 mk3. In pretty good condition. Except I noticed some brown water in the bilge, and the keelbolts were exposed, and the nuts looked rusty (I'll try to link photos). From what I read the keelbolts in this model should be encapsulated in fiberglass. So why would they be...
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    Thoughts on Seafarer 30?

    Found a nice looking S30 for sale in my area (chesapeake bay). A 1984, for $14k. Looks reasonably clean. Any thoughts on this model? Sailing characteristics? Esp for light wind.. "livability" for coastal crusing? Anything to look for if I go check it out? thanks
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    Cat 34 for near-coastal/short offshore trips? vs Ericson

    Yeah there are some nice of those too. But I like the aft head layout. And the long setee rather than the two chairs. My marina also has slips of either 35 or 40 ft, so that might involve another step up in costs too.
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    Cat 34 for near-coastal/short offshore trips? vs Ericson

    Unfortunately no, less than half the price of a 350, or less. The around 1990 C34s seem to go for $25k for a shoddy looking one, $30s for an ok one, up to $40k for some more pimp specimens. I'd be ok somewhere middle of that range, perhaps going up for the right one. The advantage of so many...
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    Cat 34 for near-coastal/short offshore trips? vs Ericson

    Thanks! I really like the support and info about the C34, and catalina in general. Definitely a plus. Yeah the ericsons kinda seems in an odd place to me. Appears to be similar to catalina in many ways (original target market, quality etc), woodwork maybe tad above (?), but not sure anything...
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    Cat 34 for near-coastal/short offshore trips? vs Ericson

    I'm still a few years away from upgrade-time, but can't help looking.. As kids get older I really like the look and layout of the catalina 34 (mk1), seems pretty perfect for our needs. I like the aft head, the separate cabin with 2x kids (ages probably 5-11+ during our ownership). Big galley...
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    trouble registering at ericsonyachts.org

    True. Hope it's still going. Seems reasonably active (more than here..). I'm really liking the Ericsons so would like to ask/read more about them if I one day have a chance to upgrade to one..
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    trouble registering at ericsonyachts.org

    yup. I had to get the error message to get the register link. Or I think clicking 'log in' with blank will show it. I sent a message couple days ago but no word.
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    trouble registering at ericsonyachts.org

    Anyone else tried to register at EricsonYachts.org: The Starting Point on Ericson Yachts! forum and get an error message? "admin has disabled registration". Is something going on with the site (short- or longterm..)? It's especially annoying since I can't read posts even without registering...
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    Chrysler vs. Seaward

    How long are the trips you plan with this boat? And how many people aboard? Now it has certainly been done, but a 26 ft boat is not large for a longer cruise through the caribbean, even for 2 people.. For example, unless you're <5'10" it doesn't even have standing room. A hop over to the bahamas...
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    Just starting out....am I thinking right?

    Yes it's a mom&pop, no frills marina. Even though I don't trailer my boat, the limited width let's me have a narrow bulkhead slip. Otherwise the cheapest is over $2200 (and that's low for the area). Small boat is cheaper not just in purchase price.
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    Just starting out....am I thinking right?

    I'm lazy, and with two little kids I quickly decide this wasn't for me. I got a trailer boat, but put it in a slip. It still takes a few minutes to get ready, but we can get out pretty quick. Yesterday we went out for a brief 2 hour sunset sail. It was a great little sail and not something I'd...
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    Quality cooler with "sliding" lid?

    My boat has a special cooler arrangement. Think I've seen it in some other boats but sure how common it is, so not sure if many others have had this issue. The cooler is in the lazarette so can be accessed from the cockpit, but from the cabin you can also slide off the lid and (sort of) access...
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    How are Sabres higher quality?

    By the way, minor point, I'm not sure that's correct. The old Sabre catalogs on their site say two 22 gallons tanks.
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    How are Sabres higher quality?

    Yes in a passage scenario I don't think you'd use fresh water for showers, and 50/50 saltwater for dishes etc. Could make it last a bit longer. I used to spend week+ at a cabin with only well water (carried in buckets up a hill), and wipe your face with a damp cloth was the only "shower" we got...
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    How are Sabres higher quality?

    I was thinking in liters since the recommendation I saw was for 3 L/per/day. I believe it's actually 44 gallon, I may have messed up the numbers. In what way did you find 42gal to be "not enough"? For how long? What kind of sailing? Did you use it up drinking, washing, showering? Just curious...
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    How are Sabres higher quality?

    I obviously don't have any experience compared to you, but I've starting thinking this too. I love how simple my current boat is. We just hop on and sail. While others in my marina do endless fixing. Other day one guy was complaining that one of the two AC units in his boat was broken..:what: My...
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    How are Sabres higher quality?

    Sure, I'll get right on it! :D (anyone wanna buy a 23 footer..?) For those types of crossing in a "not dedicated bluewater" boat (I think that's fair?) like a sabre 34 for example, I'd be most curious about tankage and storage. Now to be fair, I saw the mk 1 sabre 34 does actually have 144 L...