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Boat Shopping: Round 1

Boat Shopping: Round 1

2001 PDQ 36

Boat Name: Jalapeño

$135,000

OVERVIEW: Jalapeno is in very nice condition, has a great layout and is well equipped for extended cruising.  With autopilot, radar, GPS/Chartplotter, watermaker, solar panels, wind generator, electric windlass, portable Honda generator, RIB dinghy on davits, LED lighting and custom shade bimini extension to hardtop she is a cruiser’s dream!  The outboards are new in 2005, the fuel tank is new and all windows were replaced in 2016. If you are looking for a comfortable, safe, well built catamaran, Jalapeno is a must see.  With excellent handholds, all lines leading to the cockpit with hardtop, quality cherrywood interior finish, large head and shower stall, 2 large berths with the 3rd cabin converted to a pantry near the galley she is a must see.

DIMENSIONS: LOA: 37 ft 0 in; Beam: 18 ft 3 in; LWL: 34 ft 4 in; Maximum Draft: 2 ft 10 in; Displacement: 8000 lbs; Bridge Clearance: 47 ft 0 in.

ENGINES: Total Power: 18 HP; Fuel consumption average 0.57 gallons per hour (Engine 1: Engine Brand: Yamaha; Year Built: 2005; Engine Model: High Thrust 4 Stroke; Engine Type: Outboard; Engine/Fuel Type: Gas/Petrol; Location: Starboard; Engine Hours: 1915; Engine Power: 9 HP) (Engine 2: Engine Brand: Yamaha; Year Built: 2005; Engine Model: High Thrust 4 Stroke; Engine Type: Outboard; Engine/Fuel Type: Gas/Petrol; Location: Port; Engine Hours: 1930; Engine Power: 9 HP)

TANKAGE: Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (85 Gallons); Fuel Tanks: 1 (60 Gallons); Holding Tanks: 1 (40 Gallons); New 60 gallon aluminum fuel tank under cockpit floor (2013).

ACCOMMODATIONS: Seafoam green upholstered U shaped settee and teak opening table; Salon table with adjustable legs added to convert to extra berth; Custom screens for opening ports; Master stateroom with double berth and storage lockers; Large head with separate shower stall; Guest stateroom with double berth forward to port; Long double sided galley; Great ventilation with numerous opening hatches and large ports; 12v fans; Port aft cabin has been converted to a pantry/storage/workroom and can still be  converted to temporary guest quarters.

GALLEY: Double sided galley with generous stroage cabinets; Force 10 propane stove/oven; Front loading Adler Barbour “Cold Machine” refrigerator; Double sinks; Long counter; 3rd cabin converted to storage pantry; Food storage bins; Whale system 15 hot/cold pressurized water system; On demand hot water heater (gas); Spectra Ventura 150 Watermaker; Precision temp propane hot water heater; 2 10 lb propane tanks.

DECK AND HULL: Caribe RIB inflatable dinghy; 8 hp outboard; Dinghy davits integrated with 3:1 blocks; Hard top bimini w/full canvas cockpit enclosure; Custom aft deck shade awning w/SS Frame; Simpson Lawrence Spring 1000 Electric Windlass; Remote for windlass (in addition to foot switches); Plow anchor (35 lbs); High test 25′ chain & rode 150′, 9/16″ nylon; Simpson Lawrence bow anchor roller to port; Delta anchor w/100′ chain & 150′ rode, port (35 lbs); Custom bench stern seating; Green cockpit cushions (4″) aft w/ backrest cushions; West Marine bosun chair for helmsman; Additional chair for cruising mate; Full length SS bow protections; Grab rails on port/stbd steps on bulkhead side; Washdown seacock; ShurFlow washdown pump; SS handrails on swim steps; Flares and flare gun; Life preservers; Kuuma BBQ; Fillet table; Corecell foam core; 6 watertight compartments; Bilge pumps; Engine oil change pump; Complete manuals and service records and numerous spares.

SAILS AND RIGGING: Main fully battened; Strong UHMV Battslide system; 135% RF Genoa w/UV leach protection; Furlex 2000 Genoa Furling system; Mainsail cover; Halyards & reefing lines lead aft; LED Nav lights; LED masthead light; LED anchor light.

ELECTRONICS: Raytheon ST4000+Autopilot; Raytheon RL70RC Color Radar/Chart Display; Numerous C-map chips; Raytheon 2kw 18″ 24nm Radar; Raystar GPS 125 LP 3/WAAS; SSB received w/external antenna; VHF radio; Horizon Intrepid w/ram mic & DSC capability; Raytheon ST60 Tridata; Raytheon ST60 Windmeter.

ELECTRICAL: Full A/C & D/C electrical panel; Solar panels (3 x 50 watts); Xantrex Freedom HF 1800 Inverter/Charger; Link 10 battery monitor; (4) Golf cart batteries w/440 amp hr capacity; Honda portable generator 2000; 50′ shore power cord; 30 amp 115 volt shore power connection; Outlets in galley, head and nav area; and GFI protection on all outlets.

Our thoughts about Jalapeño…

The night before Round 1 of boat shopping, things got pretty simple for us with Jalapeno.  We had been stalking Jalapeno for a few weeks, feeling somewhat encouraged that she had been on the market for some time.  We were hopeful that maybe it was “meant to be” and that when we saw her, we would fall in love, pull the trigger and make her ours.  BUT, we found out the night before we headed to check her out that she was under contract.  We were pretty bummed but agreed that at least we would get an opportunity to check out the PDQ 36 layout and see if it was something we really liked.  Upon boarding Jalapeno, we were pretty quickly met with the realization that a PDQ 36 would be crossed off our list of prospective boats.  While Jalapeno will make a great boat for it’s new owner, we’re looking for a bit more space on the inside (and a bit less of a project).  We’re really thankful to have had the opportunity to check out the PDQ 36, even if it was only to determine that it’s not quite the boat for us.

2006 Hunter 38

Boat Name: Lagniappe

$119,000

OVERVIEW: Lagniappe is a 2006 Hunter 38 that has been very well maintained and has lots to offer!  Cruising is made easy with both in-mast furling and a furling jib.  Electronics include Knot/Depth, Wind, Radar, Autopilot, GPS, Chartplotter, VHF, DVD.  She also has AC/Heat, inner spring mattress, Oceanair shades, refrigeration, folding wheel, dinette table w/leaf, quiet flush head,  bimini, dodger, connector, cockpit cushions and much more.  What more can you ask for?  Anchor windlass…shes got that too.

SPECIFICATIONS: Builder: Hunter; Designer: Glenn Henderson & Hunter Design Team.

DIMENSIONS: LOA: 38 ft 2 in; Beam: 12 ft 11 in; LWL: 34 ft 9 in; Maximum Draft: 5 ft 0 in; Ballast: 6,552#; Displacement: 18,326#.

ENGINE: Engine Brand: Yanmar; Engine Model: 3JH4E; Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel; Engine Hours: 286; Total Power: 40.

TANKAGE: Fuel: 35; Fresh Water: 75; Holding: 34. 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Number of double berths: 2; Number of heads: 1.  Comfort, convenience and liveability is what this Hunter is all about! The beautiful Main Salon is expansive and has lots of natural light. The huge dining table will seat 8 with the removable leaf in place. Hatch shades/screens are Oceanair. Cherry finish on woodwork with high gloss sole. Hardwood handrails for security when moving about below. Navigation station has space for additional electronics; hull side storage cabinets and lift assist engine access. Head is private with vanity and enclosed shower. Selected hardwood trim is the icing on the cake! Aft cabin is queen size with inner spring mattress with private access to head; forward berth is double/queen size. Lots of cabin lighting, electrical outlets, cedar lined hanging lockers, ample shelving storage. Hatch shades/screens – Oceanair; Quiet Flush Head; Enclosed Shower; Designer Cushion/Fabric Interior; Dinette table converts to berth; Dedicated Navigation Station; Air/Heat throughout cabin; Refrigeration; Freezer, front opening; Entertainment system – Bose; Flat Screen TV/DVD Player; Hull side storage cabinets; Dorade ventilation; and lift assisted engine access.

GALLEY: Built in waste-bin; Deck Hatch, Opening; Dish rack cabinet w/lighting & ventilation; Refrigeration w/freezer; Fresh water hot & cold; Corian Countertop; Microwave; Double s/s sinks; Splash guard; Storage; and 2 Burner LPG Stove-top w/oven. Entertaining or handling the family is easy with the enlarged galley and tons of storage space. Corian countertops are a breeze to maintain and provide a stylish work surface.

ELECTRONICS: ST 60 Apparent Wind Machine; ST 60 Depthsounder; ST 60 Knotmeter; Stereo/CD Player; Electric bilge pumps; VHF w/remote; Raymarine Auto-pilot; GPS/Chartplotter; 15″ Flat panel TV w/DVD; and Bose 3.2.1 System.

SAILS AND RIGGING: Fully battened mainsail; furling mainsail; furling genoa; and steering wheel.

INSIDE EQUIPMENT: Oven; Heating; Air conditioning; Refrigerator; Manual bilge pump; Microwave oven; and electric bilge pump.

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT: Inverter and shore power inlet.

OUTSIDE EQUIPMENT AND EXTRAS: Bimini Top, cockpit cover, cockpit shower, cockpit cushions and solar panel.

DECK AND COCKPIT: Windex on top of Mast; In Mast Furling System w/rigid vang; Roller furling genoa; Double offset anchor roller; Electric Anchor Windlass; Bow pulpit; Cockpit Grab Rail; Hinging Helm seat; Hot & Cold transom shower; Walk-thru transom w/swim platform; Custom Bimini-Dodger-Connector; Cockpit Cushions; Steering console w/single lever control; Folding Wheel; Manual bilge pump; Locker Storage (3); B & R Fractional Sail Plan; Mainsheet traveler @arch; S/S Handrails; Hatches (9) Opening Deck w/Screens; Opening Ports (8) w/screens; LPG Tank storage for 2 bottles; Mooring Cleats (6) S/S; Stern Rail Seats (2)w/drink holders; Double lifelines w/ 3 gates; and all bronze fittings below waterline. If you are looking for a sweet sailing midsize cruiser with max space and all the amenities of home, look no more! Lagniappe is a MUST SEE and has been recently REDUCED! The fractional sail plan delivers power without perspiration to the stable and easily driven hull shape for outstanding performance and maneuverability. The cockpit features Flexiteak nonskid surface and a solid direct drive system that can be controlled with a finger. The dual rail seats are a nice touch and always the best seats in the “house!” A Hunter trademark, the S/S Arch houses the traveler with the mainsheet- reducing load and places traveler controls w/in easy reach of the helm. The profile of Lagniappe is sleek and very stylish.

Our thoughts about Lagniappe…

The Hunter 38 has long been Alexis’ favorite among the sailboats that we’ve boarded and investigated.  It was no surprise at all that Lagniappe remained our trusty standby.  We had kind of already resigned ourselves to knowing that if something else didn’t out-do the Hunter 38, that’s what we would end up buying and we found that Lagniappe would make a suitable future boat for a decent price.

2003 Hunter 426DS

Boat Name: Fandango

$129,000

OVERVIEW: This 2003 Hunter 426DS, “Fandango”, has just come on the market. The boat has been extremely well cared for, and it shows both topside and below. Numerous upgrades, including bowthruster, Raymarine RL70 GPS/Radar, i70 Depth/Speed/Wind, 8kw generator, range hood, leather interior, vacu-flush heads, washer/dryer, and electric winch.  It is a two cabin boat with each cabin having its own separate head and shower stall.  Bottom has been barrier coated. Sail plan includes In-mast furling, roller furling headsail, and spinnaker. 100′ anchor chain and 200′ of rode. PRICE JUST REDUCED!

SPECIFICATIONS: Make: Hunter, Model: 426 Deck Salon, Year: 2003, Condition: Used, Category: Sail, Construction: Fiberglass, Keel Type: Winged Keel.

DIMENSIONS: Length: 42.8 feet, Length Overall: 43.17 feet, Waterline Length: 39.17 feet, Beam: 14.5 feet, Max Draft: 5 feet, Dry Weight: 23,936 lb, Ballast: 7389 lb.

ENGINE: Fuel: Diesel, Engine Make: Yanmar, Engine Power: 56hp, Type: Inboard.

TANKAGE: Fuel Tank Capacity: – 51 gallons, Water Tank Capacity: 125 gallons, Holding Tank Capacity: – 45 gallons.

Our thoughts about Fandango…

Originally stricken from our boat investigation list due to size, we decided to check out a newly listed Hunter 426DS while we were at the marina because it was readily available.  And we are SO thankful that we did!  While we thought we had found a really suitable future boat in the Hunter 38, the Hunter 426DS blew it out of the water!  Fandango was fully loaded with a 8kw generator, washer and dryer, leather interior and relatively new electronics.  Dual refrigeration units, Vaccuflush toilets in both heads, fantastic engine access and a TON of head room got us pretty amped up about Fandango, too!  Moving from the cockpit to the salon gave Alexis the feeling of a “grand entrance” and once down below, Fandago offered plenty of storage space and even a PANTRY!  We were kind of in love (with both the boat and the asking price!) but had more boats to look at so we had to keep moving.

2007 Hunter 41DS

Boat Name: Limerick II

$149,000

OVERVIEW: 2007 Hunter 41DS-“Limerick II,” was purchased new from Norton Yachts Sales and has been maintained by their service department, which has been ranked #1 in Customer Service by Hunter Marine for the past 20 years. The boat has spent alternate winters on the hard and each year the hull has been waxed and the bottom painted. This boat, in excellent condition, has a white hull and is a well-appointed, cruise-equipped boat with an E80 MFD w/GPS at Nav Station and an E120 at the helm. It has a 6KW Generator and Kato Davits. Boat is equipped with Forespar motor lift and stern rail motor mount. Anchor locker has been divided to hold 2 sets of ground tackle. Both sets to convey. Primary 44lb delta plow w/ 100′ of chain and 150 of 3 strand line. Secondary-Fortress FX23 w/ 20′ chain and 225′ of 3 strand line. Fortress anchor is mounted on Bow Pulpit for quick deployment. Boat also has several owner installed items, such as a custom stern seat, allowing the helms person to sit in an elevated position directly behind the helm with unobstructed visibility. A quick set preventer is attached to the main boom with cam lock hardware located both port and starboard at the cockpit. Recent upgrades include installation of bowthruster. A real beauty!

SPECIFICATIONS: Make: Hunter, Model: 41, Year: 2007, Condition:Used, Category: Sail, Construction: Fiberglass, Keel Type: Winged Keel.

DIMENSIONS: Length: 41 ft, Length Overall: 41 ft, Waterline Length: 35.5 ft, Beam: 13.25 ft, Max Draft: 5 ft.

ENGINE: Fuel: Diesel, Engine Make: Yanmar, Engine Power: 54hp, Type: Inboard.

Our thoughts about Limerick II…

Hunter 41DS Limerick II was very clean, very well maintained and one of the most new boats we planned to look at.  We didn’t really find any “negatives” with Limerick II, but for $20,000 more than the Hunter 426DS, we struggled to reconcile the maximization of our budget that Limerick II would have required.  Knowing that there would be some things that we would like to add before setting sail (like solar, a dive compressor, etc.) would have made it difficult to commit to Limerick II with no room left in our budget.  A beautiful boat, just not for us.

1996 Caliber 40LRC

Boat Name: Aurora

$169,950

OVERVIEW: What sets Caliber apart from the fleet of her rivals? Is it her swiftness?  Her seaworthiness and durability? Her exceptional stability and comfort?  As Caliber owners know, it is the artful combination of these qualities, which enables a Caliber to perform beyond the limits that constrain so many others. This 1996 Caliber 40LRC meets all those expectations.  The 40LRC has features like Water Tight Collision Bulkhead, Water-Tight Rudder Dam, Triple Support Rudder System, and much more. The Caliber 40LRC “Aurora” has been maintained by a commercial pilot for the last 10 years.

DIMENSIONS: LOA: 40ft 11in; LWL: 32ft 6in feet; Beam: 12ft 8in; Draft: 5ft 1in; Displacement: 21,600 lbs; Ballast: 9,500 lbs.

ENGINE: Yanmar 4JH2; approximate engine hours 4800.

TANKAGE: Fuel Tanks: Approximately 210 gallons (2 tanks); Water Tanks: Approximately 165 gallons (2 tanks); Holding Tank: Approximately 75 gallons.

ACCOMMODATIONS: In terms of accommodations, no boat of comparable size comes close to the Caliber 40. Her sleeping quarters are true staterooms, expansive and private. Instead of a cramped V-berth, there’s a full forward stateroom with a generous offset double berth (custom mattress) with ample storage space and drawers below; shelf and book rack over berth; and two-door large cedar-lined hanging locker and one-door locker with shelf storage. This forward master cabin features a private, spacious head with its own separate shower that’s enclosed by a plexiglass door. Together, the forward cabin and head offer luxurious livability for extended stays. The same kind of comfort and convenience is provided in the aft stateroom with its double berth; large cedar-lined hanging locker; and private aft-head entrance. The main salon is well illuminated and richly furnished in teak. It takes full advantage of tall headroom and a wide beam. The result is a “living room” that’s perfect for entertaining guests. Two settees offer ample seating and one of them even converts into a double berth (for a total of 7 berths). Both settees have storage under and behind, and teak cabinets over. The twin-leaf dining table folds up against the bulkhead for additional space. The aft head is located conveniently to the cockpit. It’s entrances from the aft cabin, and the salon make it accessible from either area without disturbing the other occupants. The both heads are completely outfitted with pressurized hot/cold water and shower. The nav. station is port, aft of galley featuring chart table with hinged lid, with storage underneath; chart light; electronics cabinet; breaker panel; nav. seat with storage under. Teak and holly floor throughout, and multiple handrails. Air Conditioner w/reverse cycle; Fwd berth Coastal Comfort Mattress; Satellite radio and TV system with power antenna, DVD player; and Sirus Weather.

GALLEY: Hot & cold pressure water; Galley Maid  propane stove with oven; Double Sink; Glacier Bay 12v freezer and frig water cooled; Microwave; Hot water heater 110v and engine; Hide-away trash bin; and galley foot pump. Any cook would appreciate this large and efficient L-shaped galley. It has ample storage for food and utensils, and more than enough counter space to prepare multi-course meals.

ELECTRONICS: GPS Chart Furuno 1650 (2009); Radar Furuno 1734 (2010); Radar dome (2018); Simrad J 300 Auto pilot (2011); Simrad  Auto pilot AT 300  Display (2011); SSB/ Ham SC (2000); VHF Radio; VHF remote in cockpit wired separate from VHF in nav area. Networks with Furuno 1650; Raymarine Speed/Wind/Depth with mutilfunction at nav station (2008); Satellite radio and TV system with power antenna, DVD player; and Sirus Weather.

MECHANICAL: Caliber trademark Triple Support Rudder System; dual Racor filters with vacuum gauge; Dual water systems with inline strainers; Max Prop serviced in 2018; Emergency tiller; Holding tank with Y-valve; Holding tank deck pump-out; Holding tank gravity drain; Air Conditioner w/reverse cycle; Hot water heater 110v and engine; Dripless prop shaft seal; Windlass, Anchor; and wash down in anchor well.

ELECTRICAL: Upgraded alternator; 3 stage regulator; Solar Panel 2 130Wea  (2009); Solar Panel 2 flex 40W ea; Wind Generator (2010); Honda 2000 Generator; Energy monitor; 12V DC Electrical system; 110V AC Electrical system; Dual shower power; 2 ea. Zinc Savers; (5) batteries 3 8D and 2 #27 (2012); Invertor 1500W; Battery charger; Polarity indicator and GFIs; Numerous 110V outlets; Shore power cords; and Galvanic isolator.

SAFETY: Water Tight Collision Bulkhead; Water-Tight Rudder Dam; Triple Support Rudder System; PDFs; Life Sling; Rocna  anchor with chain and line; Delta anchor with chain and line; and Danforth anchor.

SAILS AND RIGGING: Quantum Stack Pack (2006); Stack Pack cover (2019); Quantum Mainsail full batten 3 reefs (2006); Batt slides on mainsail; Rigid boom vang; Quantum 115% sun cover on furling system (2005); Staysail Convertible Cutter Rig Hank on; Spinnaker Asymmetrical; Deck-mounted traveler with leads to cockpit; Twin backstays; Primary Lewmar winches #48; and Halyard Lewmar winches #30.

DECK AND COCKPIT: Side Curtains; Bimini and Dodger; Anchor wash down pump; Bottom Paint (2017); Cockpit table; Folding Helm Wheel; Motor support bracket; Motor lift; Arch /Davits; Shower transom; Primary Lewmar winches #48; Halyard Lewmar  winches #30; Windlass, Anchor; Pedestal mounted compass; Pedestal guard; Anchor roller platform with double staggered rollers; Lewmar Anchor windlass; Lifelines with gates port and starboard; Molded swim platform with boarding ladder; Divided anchor locker;  (2) dorade vents with guards & screen; Low maintenance rub rail with stainless steel striker; Low maintenance aluminum hand rails; (6) Mooring cleats and chocks; Vent in shower; (7) Hatches with screens;  (12) Stainless steel opening ports with screens; Cockpit ice box; (3) Cockpit drains; Cockpit coaming box; Two-tone non-skid; two 10lb LPG tanks in locker; dodger (2017); bimini (2016); connector; and full Enclosure (2015). Caliber’s trademark design incorporates a Multi-Bulkhead Bonding System, an Integral Strength-Grid System for strength and safety, integral baffled tanks act as double bottoms while adding tremendous rigidity to the hull structure, with additional strength from the integral sub-sole and Quad-Seal Deck to Hull System. Additionally, there is a Water-Tight Collision Bulkhead. Hulls are built for outstanding resistance to collisions, with extra layers of solid fiberglass at potential impact points. In case of damage to the bow or rudder, a Watertight Collision Bulkhead and Rudder Dam are designed to minimize flooding.  When rough water makes most sailors miserable, a Caliber owner can cruise in comfort. And with confidence. The Caliber moves more steadily in heavy seas. And due to her high ballast-to-displacement ratio, the Caliber is very stable. A swim ladder and boarding platform built into the transom make it easy to board a dinghy or take a swim.  The platform has its own hand-held shower.

ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT: Outboard engine; Dinghy; Motor lift; Honda 2000 Generator; Motor support bracket; Davits; Custom Arch; Cockpit table; Cockpit cushions; Dock lines; Fenders; Charts paper, charts electronic; Chart books and cruising guides; and spares.

Our thoughts about Aurora…

Aurora was one of the oldest boats we looked at, but, definitely one of the more interesting boats we checked out.  Josh was somewhat conflicted by his emotions on this one.  One one hand, Aurora had some really cool features – a whole lot of boaty character, a desk nook and tankage for DAYS!  But, Aurora’s asking price was beyond our budget so we would have to rely on negotiating her down to within our budget.  And, truth be told, we felt like she was worth every penny of the asking price!  Probably the biggest downfall for us with Aurora (other than price) was that raising, lowering and reefing the mainsail must be done from on deck, as the lines were not led back to cockpit.  At this stage in the game for us, safety while we’re learning is pretty important and being able to manipulate the sails from the cockpit is pretty high on our priority list.  Aurora was absolutely beautiful (and full of extras!) but, after some discussion, we agreed that for what we intend to do within the next few years, other options may better suit us.

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