Mason, Deerfoot and Nauticat PilotHouse Schooner

I’m not cheating on my boat,  I’m researching for my blog!!!

Fri, Sat and Sun we were in San Diego working on the boat.  Friday evening was battery time.  I replaced the old 8D’s with two nice new ones and replaced the starting battery at the same time.  Boy, what a surprise to feel how much more a new 8D Battery weighs than the old one,,,,,it was a great workout.  Saturday was boat cleaning day and I took off the aft seats to sand and varnish them.   Too bad I only got two coats on there, but better than nothing.  Sunday was full court press, me and wife working together to clean and renew the boat; projects we agreed we should have done right when we bought the boat.   These were projects like deep cleaning all the heads, power spraying the engine and all inner bilge spaces, wire brushing and repainting the engine mounts, giving the aft seats another varnish coat and generally deep cleaning the whole boat.  Do this when you buy a boat,,,,not when you bring her to the yard!!!

However, Sunday morning we needed to take a break, in the interest of blog research.  We looked at three very different boats at different price points, they are discussed below:

1.   Mason 63:  The Mason line was built in Taiwan and the smaller Mason’s were the most successful and most built.  There’s a website that says there were only six (6) Mason 63’s built.  They were built under the auspices of Pacific Asian Enterprises (PAE) , which is still around and owns Nordhavn Powerboats and still owns the Mason Line, although they are now out of production.   The Mason 63 that we went on is for sale in San Diego, Ca for $190,000 and is detailed in the link I attached above.   Initial impressions were its size and width, but second impressions were all about “how not to sell your boat”.  Immediately upon stepping on board with our broker we realized that someone was living on the boat.  She was very nice, but I think it would have been beneficial for her to warn us that there was a dog and multiple cats living below decks, in case one of us was allergic or afraid or something.  As it was, the first notice of a dog was when I went down the companionway into the boat and the dog claimed me for a rub and a petting.  Luckily it was nice and small compared to our Great Dane and I’m a dog person anyways.  The cats are another story.  I never saw them, but the litter boxes told the story pretty well, would have been better if the litter boxes were above decks, as I’m pretty sensitive to smells in some cases, especially cat.  Personal effects are also something that I recommend you clean up before folks come look at your boat,,,,especially personal toiletries, prescription drugs and various other things that you might have out that are private.   This boat has ALOT of teak below decks, three separate berths, and is supposed to have two heads.  However, on this boat the second head in the V-Berth had been taken out,,,not sure why.  The boat also has teak decks that seem to have been gone over with a strong coat of Cetol, but there’s not soft spots that we could find and it appears the teak is in good shape; at least to the visual inspection.   Aside from “how not to sell your boat” issues, the boat appeared to be in decent shape with cosmetic issues and some definite need for some TLC.   Built in 1984, 63 feet and for sale for $190,000.

2.  Deerfoot 62:  This is a 1982 aluminum Deerfoot for sale in San Diego for $349,500.00.   What an amazing boat.  Where do I start, expect to say if you EVER get a chance just to go on a Deerfoot to check it out, you should take the opportunity.  With a completely separate engine room and three cabins and three heads, she’s designed to be sailed by a couple (yes, two people) as everything is controlled from the cockpit and the boat is nearly completely streamlined on deck, making for a fast passage maker.  Below, she’s both at once functional and luxurious, with enough room for my wife to classify it as larger than one of her studio apartments in college.  This would be a great family boat, capable of making two hundred mile days easily and probably most at home crossing oceans.  I liked the boat, but knew that we could not afford her; but made the most of the opportunity to see her and get to know something different from what I’d seen before.  Built in 1982, 62 feet long, on sale for $349,500

3.  Nauticat Pilothouse Schooner–  This 44 foot boat that’s for sale in San Diego is a real head turner because of her schooner rig and the attention to detail paid to her by her owner.  Nauticat has a reputation for quality, go-anywhere boats that are laid up with fiberglass by hand and made in the same yard they were 40 years ago, STILL in production today.  This particular model is on the larger side of their product line and is a 1980 model, in nearly new or like new shape, on sale for $175,000.00.  As we went on board and looked at her carefully, it was obvious the owner put time into the boat and kept her up, making sure attention to detail was paid to it.  I’m pretty certain she would go anywhere in the world in comfort and style, and as a pilot house model, she’s well suited to the higher latitudes.  Not sure about her in hot weather, she may get a bit warm on the inside with the large windows all around.  I liked the boat and was glad to get on her.   Built in 1980, 44 feet long, on sale for $175,000

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