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The Sailboat Cruiser ~ Issue #39
December 31, 2018

The Sailboat Cruiser

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Newsletter #38 - August 2017

What's in This Issue:

Performance Cruising


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This Month's Mystery Boat

This was last months mystery boat:-

It got quite a response, but only two possible manufacturers were suggested.

The most popular suggestion was the Westsail 43, and I can see why so many of you thought she was one of these. The bowsprit, cutter rig, canoe stern and coachroof are very similar - but Westsails of this size have the shrouds attached to external chainplates which are quite visible on the hull sides.

On the above boat though, the shrouds are inboard of the toe rail. Not a Westsail then...

Next in the popularity stakes was the Hans Christain, with the 41 and the 43 given equal support. Once again, this boat looks very much like either of these. But isn't the bow just a little too straight?

Both the HC41 and the HC43 have a pronounced curve to the bow, which leads me to conclude that this boat isn't an HC either.

So I'm leaving the boat up for another month to see if one of you can make a positive identification.

The boat name is C-Drifters and she's British Registered. Googling the name didn't get me anywhere except to confirm that she's currently cruising in the West Indies, which I knew anyway.

So, over to you...

Used Sailing Gear & Equipment

It's always worth taking a look at what visitors to are getting rid of. Remember that one man's junk is another man's gold!

Among other items this month, we have:

  • Blocks, jammers and cleats;
  • Anchors;
  • A job lot of fenders, winches, propane grill, dinghy parts & lights, bilge pump, chain, turnbuckles & rigging hardware, anchors, ladder, life jacket;
  • A rig for a sailing dinghy;
  • A couple of unused inflatable PDFs;
Take a look at this and all the other stuff at used cruising gear for sale...

Cruising Boats for Sale

If you're thinking of selling your cruising boat - or know someone who is - remember you can advertise it entirely free of charge on - which is what the owners of these boats have done...

'Catherine', a CT 42;

'Another Way', a CSY 37;

'Island Spell', a Vertue 25;

'Nautorious', an Irwin 52;

'Teepee', a Via 36 catamaran;

'Drakkar', a 46’ Fountaine Pajot Casamance catamaran;

'Mary Jean', a Sungod 50 catamaran;

Want to check out a whole load more? Then take a look at the full list of monohulls for sale here, and multihulls for sale here...

Don't forget...

If you're thinking of looking at a secondhand sailboat, or just want to be aware of what to look for - and when to walk away no matter what - then you really ought to take a look at Andrew Simpson's eBook Secrets of Buying Secondhand Boats...

It's full of sound advice from an acknowleged expert and could quite literally save you $$$$$thousands!

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See you next month!

Dick McClary

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