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RE:[southerncross] searching! - SC 39 Overview

From: <clarke@ryderclassicyachts.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 10:39:08 -0400
To: southerncross
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Bryan,

I owned a 39, about as long as it took to get to Bermuda from Marion, which as I recall was a little over three days, or just under 200 miles a day.  Pretty respectable.

If you want to get an idea of relative performance, you can go to the New England PHRF web site (www.phrfne.org) and look a the list of base handicaps for virtually every fiberglass boat ever built.  At 138, the SC39 is again fairly respectable...a Swan 40, a raceboat, is 120.  You can compare ratings with other boats you are interested in. There's also a web site which has a hull speed calculator (just google "hull speed" and you'll find it)...all things being equal, the longer the water line the faster the boat.

Finally, to my knowlege, the Airex core has never been a problem. It's a semi-rigid closed cell PVC foam, and if properly installed, should last forever.  It produces a hull that is enormously strong and resilient, without the downsides of balsa. (soaking up water, rotting, delamination etc.) When we built these boats, Airex was a huge plus. No Southern Cross boats were ever built with a balsa core that I know of.

The problem with Southern Cross 39's is that it's hard to find one.

Clarke 
Ryder Classic Yachts
61 Old Plainfield Pike
Foster, Rhode Island 02825
401-244-5253
401-244-5292 (fax)
clarke@ryderclassicyachts.com
www.ryderclassicyachts.com
   





 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: bkalthouse@comcast.net
> To: southerncross@av1-4.us4.outblaze.com
> Subject: RE:[southerncross] searching! - SC 39 Overview
> Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 03:01:45 -0000
> 
> 
> SC39 owners,
> 
> I am shopping for a solid cruiser.  Maybe someone on the list could 
> humor me with their opinions.  How do you think the SC39 performs 
> relative to other boats in its class (Pacific Seacraft, Valiant, 
> Cabo Rico, Tayana... for example).  I am curious about the 
> performance (relative to the competition) in light air, and to 
> windward.
> 
> The cored hull concerns me in general.  Are all of the 39's cored 
> with foam in the hull, or do some of them have balsa?  When buying 
> an older boat, the bullet proof nature of solid construction seems 
> more attractive.  I wonder why SC chose to use a core on a 
> relatively heavy cruiser?  Any thoughts?
> 
> It sounds like some owners have had issues with through hulls 
> installed on the boarder where the core begins.  Are these the  
> factory installed through hulls, or ones installed by unknowning 
> owners?
> 
> Thanks,
> Bryan
> 
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