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Date Posted: - Tuesday - 01/30/07 - 11:51am
Author: Will Holoman M31 Salvia
Subject: Value is the key
In reply to: Ken 's message, "Thanks" on - Tuesday - 01/30/07 - 9:10am

I sail out of Long Beach/Newport Beach so I am familiar with the SoCal winds. The Mariner is slow and steady most days when I go out. If I am cruising over 5 knots I am satisfied. It is rare for Salvia to break 6.5 knots unless we're surfing. I have found that once this boat is set up, it will sail itself seemingly forever. This can make for less than exciting day sailing but lots of time to read and relax. The Perkins 4-107 is a great motor, easily pushing the boat to hull speed when the wind dies. We run at 6.5 knots all day long under power burning just over a gallon an hour of diesel. The amount of boat you get per dollar with the Mariner is amazing! It is a comfortable boat for two to cruise for a week and not feel cramped, has loads of beautiful wood and a full head with a sink. Our boat has been inexpensive and easy to maintain. The downside of the Mariner is the bowsprit and the mizzen boom (mine's oversized)which turns the 31' boat into 38' when it comes time to get a slip. This has made it considerably more time consuming to change marinas given the high demand for slips in OC/Long Beach. Be sure you have a place to park it before you buy it!

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[> [> [> [> value -- matts, - Wednesday - 02/ 7/07 - 8:33pm

Will, Buzz, and Ken are righ . We keep our Mariner 31 (Scandia Dream)in Long Beach as well--we bought her last January. She's a proven performer, comfortable, not quick but steady, and likely to be complimented at the dock.

You might be interested in a piece I wrote for Sailing magazine, July 2006 on buying a boat (which was the Mariner we now own); the March issue will describe her refit; and the July or August issue will describe bringing her down from Moss Landing/Monterey to San Pedro/Long Beach.

matts


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