I'd appreciate any advice any one is willing to provide.

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Which one are you looking at. Or are you looking in general?

I am looking at the one David Horner has listed on the classified section of the forums.  Lets put it this way I am talking to David and looking at hislisting.

What year is this boat?  Believe it does make a HUGE difference.  My family had a 1972 model.

Best Regards,

Jim Rivas

It is a 1972 model.

Jim;  Are you saying to stay earlier than the fuel crisis of 1973?

Jim Rivas said:

What year is this boat?  Believe it does make a HUGE difference.  My family had a 1972 model.

Best Regards,

Jim Rivas

Since we just bought one, Im looking forward to seeing the answers to this!!!



Brian and Dawn Stone said:

Since we just bought one, Im looking forward to seeing the answers to this!!!

Did you buy your boat from David Horner?

Nope George in Harrison Township Michigan 
 
Byron Schaeffer said:



Brian and Dawn Stone said:

Since we just bought one, Im looking forward to seeing the answers to this!!!

Did you buy your boat from David Horner?



Byron Schaeffer said:

Jim;  Are you saying to stay earlier than the fuel crisis of 1973?

Jim Rivas said:

What year is this boat?  Believe it does make a HUGE difference.  My family had a 1972 model.

Best Regards,

Jim Rivas

What years are you saying to stay away from?

We have a 1977.  the last 55  built.  I think one of the big changes is the enclosed aft deck which I think started in 75.  I am a firm believer in newer is better.  even with the old boats,  over the years the factory made little changes that fixed some of the problems that popped up earlier boats.  My advise is to take away the romance and look at the boat as a 40 year old piece of equipment. If most of the gear is at the end of it's useful life then you will spend more time in the engine room then on the aft deck with a drink.  My boat is in pretty good shape.  It's been kept original and equipment has been updated as needed.  That being said I still deal with problems all the time and it's never a easy fix.  The other big issue is the cost.  30K is nothing with this boats.  I was sitting around one day and the galley AC just stopped. That's 4K to replace.  

Now,  just to make all things equal I expect my boat to get underway, run up to speed, and have all equipment functional.  I want the gelcoat to shine, the varnish to be bright and the canvas to be ship shape.  I understand that some people do not care about these things.  just as easy to hang a window AC for 300 dollars.  So it really comes down to what you will do with the boat.  Sitting at a dock as a summer home doesn't really require a reliable generator or the props to be balanced.

We are very happy with the boat. I highly recommend the 55, solid hull, tons of space, great layout, and a high quality build.  there is a reason you do not see many (if any) 40 year old searays or carvers.  Where do they go by the way?

One word of warning about the rare classics, they  draw many questions from people walking by.  In our old marina we could not go up on deck without spending most of our time answering questions about the boat

I understand what you are saying, I had a 1966 48' Roamer and felt the same way you do about Bluejacket about it.  I kept it nice and always wanted it in top shape also.  We will live on the boat but also will use it a lot to cruise locally and winter in Longboat Key, FL.  We may even wind up staying there year round eventually, but if we buy it our first season will probably be based in Solomons, MD.

As a live aboard its a awesome boat. So much more room than the 47.   The Upper salon is a big bonus in this department.  With the 8V71 TI's she will burn 10 gallons at 10 knots.  

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