Advice on purchase a downeaster

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  1. Norman K

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    Hi All,
    I am a former sailor, racing and cruising. 75 years young with my 70 tears young wife. We have done a lot of cruising via sailboats but we are moving to Florida and will transition to a Downeaster. A 30 to 34 footer, plus minus. Cost is a factor.
    Displacement or semi-displacement hull.
    Will travel with small dog and cat.
    Ideally the furthest (at this time) destination would be the Bahamas.

    I’ve been looking on line and the following appeal to me : Duffy, Blue Seas 31; Cape Dory 30, etc. would prefer a single screw with a reliable engine.

    Boat would be kept on a mooring and either pulled in summer or cruised north.

    Only real power boat experience is with a Fleming 55 and the assorted runabouts of my youth.

    Any information would be very helpful. Thank you in advance.

    Norman K
     
  2. Captinlon

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    welcome aboard, cant speak anything on the blue seas or the cape dory, but duffy makes a great hull, have you looked at the bhm, cavins or the h & h. all are great hulls. I would go a little larger than first planned, always seem to out grow quickly. if your looking to really cruise and hopefully you may never need much, but look for a drive train that parts are easy to get. You don't want to be stuck in a port, because someone had to order parts for you. tight lines and good luck in your search.
     
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  3. Norman K

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    Thank you. When I bought my first sailboat it was a 23’. A year later I was ready to buy my next boat, a 30’. Logic inserted itself and I bought a 36’ Sabre. Sailboat that is.
     
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    I would love to go bigger, but single hand my vessel 95 present of the time so I went with what I was comfortable with. Looked for a 28 and got a good deal on a 32 with no regrets.
     
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    Welcome to the DBF! Just thought that I would say congratulations to you for D.E. boat shopping at the tender age of 75! That is something that we all hope to do some day, even if it means down sizing for "back yard use". You can't go wrong with a Duffy, and have a choice from 26' and larger. Unfortunately as with any good boat, they might be hard to come by. The 35' model seems to be the most common and is definitely capable of taking the snow bird route on a regular basis. Best of luck to you!
     
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    Welcome Norman. A downeast boat sounds like a great fit for your future boating wishes. Start visiting whatever looks interesting even if you’re not ready to buy. You’ll quickly learn what you’re looking for. At one end of the spectrum, Wilbur’s 34 is big, heavy and heavily-optioned for its length. At the other, Holland’s 32 is slim, fast and small for overnights.
     
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    Norman K. Welcome aboard. If you have any engine, or systems questions don’t be afraid to ask. My number, email, and my new website are available in my signature. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.
     
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    I know where There is a 32BHM cruiser for sale, not sure of the price, has a 210 cummins. There was one on craigslist a while back
     
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    Years ago, before I was interested in getting a DE boat, I admired one at an in water boat show. I’ve always loved “salty” looking boats and that Wilbur was terrific.

    Unfortunately the Wilbur line is out of my price range. Thanks for your advice.
    Norman
     
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    Thanks for your reply. Oddly, I don’t feel tender yet. Hope it stays that way.
    I read someone’s very nice quote on a sailing forum; “You’ll know you’re getting old when your dreams turn to regrets”. Great sentiment.
     
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    Hi Norman, I own a Blue Seas 31. Like most everyone on this site, I love my boat. Let me know if you have any questions about the Blue Seas that I can try to help with.
     
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    Blue Seas is very photogenic. Always loved the profile.
     
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    I suggest you look at the Sampson 30 that just went up for sale here.
     
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    I have a 31' Duffy for sale
     
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    I made the transition from sail to power last year at the tender age of 71 when I changed from a Pearson 40 to a Duffy 31. I miss the space, but I sure do love cruising at 18 knots all day long! I’ll be happy if I get another 10 years on the water.
     
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    Not sure on what your budget is. Don't give up on a Wilbur I recall seeing a nice one in North Carolina that was a very good deal. Keep looking and get on some boats. You maybe able to find an older well maintained boat that will fit your needs. There are old Newmans and BHM, Duffy etc. Good luck. The search can be half the fun
     
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    Norman K.
    Dont know where in NY you are (Ah Huntington..perfect..) but there is a boat like mine for sale on the Island

    1979 Bruno Stillman 35 Flybridge Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

    It probably needs some work but worth a look. I still prefer sailing and have access to a 37 ft sloop, but the B&S 35 is perfect for our needs at this time. I have posted a bunch of pics here and have 2 or 3 vids uploaded. search youtube The Spy Bruno Stillman

    I should be launched (LI Sound) in 2 weeks and stay in until December.

    Let me know if you have any questions.
     

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