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Date Posted: - Wednesday - 11/28/07 - 2:52pm
Author: Randall, Murre, M31
Subject: Tough call
In reply to: Jared 's message, "M31 in heavy weather?" on - Friday - 11/16/07 - 3:56pm

Few to none of us have ridden out a hurricane in a Mariner, or any boat for that matter, so we may be (I am) a little shy of your question.

From my point of view, the issue is more one of comparing the relative soundness of the specific old boats you’re looking at rather than one of the sturdiness of their design.

What’s the old saw? – Most boats will take more punishment than their owners…

Will a well found Mariner ride out rough stuff w/the best of them? You bet. Pound for pound, will she be as comfortable or as sturdy as a Westsail 32? Probably not. Will she pound to weather in an icy Nor Easter like a (fill in the blank)? Nope.

But she’s got a well proven hull shape for big weather. Her foot’s not as deep as the Baba, and she’s not as heavy as either (she’s moderate, not heavy displacement), but she’s still quite able.

The real question, however, will be (for all the boats you’re looking at) how strong is she NOW. How are the chainplates? How strong the rig? What condition are the masts? How well found the upper structure … etc.?


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[> Hurricane -- Mike M-40 -61, - Thursday - 11/29/07 - 10:47pm

I would buy the boat you like. Captain Voss and the Pardeys proved you can weather out storms in just about anything that floats. Make sure you have enough gear to ride it out. In my younger years on the Gulf Coast, I ventured out in Hurricane Bob on a 32' Columbia LaSabre. One second pointing one direction, the next second, pointing 180 degrees in the opposite direction. It was like riding a 2000lb wild bull. Four people in the cabin crying, praying, and projectile vomiting. My brother-in-law and myself on deck having the time of our life. It was nice being young and dumb. Be prepared for anything and watch the weather forcast. Enjoy you boat!

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[> [> Sea Trek has (Mariner 40) -- Chuck Baier, - Tuesday - 12/ 4/07 - 10:24pm

Sea Trek has been through 15 named storms, all but 4 hurricanes. None of these were offshore under way but all where pretty hairy. She has survived without a scratch so we can attest to her strength. 2 offshore gales under her belt also.

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