Okay am willing to let this all go.. I think it best to move onward and upward.
I will try to re-summarize and explain again where I got my information from, so others do not think i have pulled it all 'out of thin air' and made it up which I have not..
I did talk to the Bayliner company and they were in business and they did give me helpful information that solved my particular problem. Maybe they would not have solved everyone's problem. I don't know.
Most sailboat manufacturers fabricate a hull from molds and then they buy all the parts
from third party suppliers even the mast extrusion material. They cut and make up rigging just as any chandler will do for you. My masthead is pop riveted to the mast material. The hatches are generally bought from some manufacturer in quantity and incorporated into a design.
I don't think it matters a lot where the part comes from if someone can get a part that will fit without radically cutting their boat up.
Personally i want to help anyone find what they need to fix up their boat and I think others in here feel the same way. I am trying to add 'How To' information to the group (please take time to check the files and Links sections folks) and I share what has worked for me.
often means some amount of handyman expertise and working with metal, wood and fiberglass and the use of various tools is required. That is pretty much a necessity for anyone attempting to fix up an older vintage boat.
My 240 has ended up being a rebuild from the hull up.. tho I did not plan it like that. As i got into the project I would come across something and say to myself "SELF.. you many as well go ahead and do this too while you are at it!" LOL
The 200 series of Buccaneers were designed to be low cost family cruisers for inland and coastal sailing in protected waters with the ability to make short offshore voyages. such as among the Bahamas or Caribbean Islands. I have never seen any boat come with a label that says "this boat is only for lake use"
LOL In refurbishing my 240 I have noticed that my hull thickness and care of construction is no less than that of a Columbias 24, Pearson 26, Cataliona 22 or a Hunter 25. In short, it was not made in an inferior manner.
John Vigor in his book "Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere"
Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere (Paperback)by John VigorParadise Cay Publications; 1st edition (December 1, 1999)ISBN-10: 0939837323ISBN-13: 978-0939837328
...talks about 'beefing up' a
boat for ocean use and he goes into it in some detail for a stock Catalina 27. These modifications will also apply to most other coastal cruisers whether a Hunter 25, Catalina 22 or Buccaneer 240.
I have pretty much followed his suggestions and also added a few things of my own to my Buccaneer 240. I shared with the group the things I am doing to my boat and where I got the information from.
I agree that this amount of work may not be everyone's cup of tea. However if a boat is 'splashed' copied or cloned from another well known seagoing boat, and the hull is sound, it can usually be strengthened and 'beefed up' to handle reasonable offshore use.
Of course 'reasonable' does not include Latitudes 40 and 50 and rounding the Horn
etc. Although Robert Taylor has sailed his small 21 foot trailer sailor across the north Atlantic I think 5 times now. There was a member in this group who posted they were sailing their 240 in the north Atlantic somewhere of the US coast.
Does it include sailing the Great Lakes? from the Carolinas to Bermuda? Florida to Puerto Rico? Georgia to the Bahamas? The north and south American coastlines? Absolutely. This is the kind of 'extended cruising' that Bayliner had in mind for the 24 and 27 Buccaneers. In fact the Great Lakes are often more treacherous than offshore and coastal ocean cruising.
I would like to stress that mid sized Buccaneer hulls were well made, and not so cheaply constructed that they are unsuitable for anything more than 'grandpa's'
As is from the factory they are suited for coastal cruising and short offshore voyages such as Caribbean island hopping. Can they be beefed up to include ocean use? According to folks like John Vigor and others who have done it to vintage 'plastic classics'... yes they can.
I intend to continue to post about upgrades and repairs that folks like John Vigor have done and people like myself emulate. The boat owner themselves have to decide whether their boat building expertise is up to the task of a major renovation.
As I already said, this may not be everyone's cup of
From: Mike <mike.j.butler@...>
Sent: Thursday, September 1, 2011 10:23 AM
Subject: [BaylinerBuccaneerGroup] Re: Ocean fitting my Buccaneer
I'm not hostile. You just made it sound like you talked to the Bayliner factory and you got the 'low down' on spare parts. Fact is, you have an aftermarket stern rail, that any sailor, in any marina could have told you, to go to a marine dealer that sells boat parts. I know hatches aren't too hard to build, but most people are not proficient in wood work or fiberglass and they are looking for the "Buccaneer Used Parts Store". A "lake boat" can be a Snark or a 65 ft yacht. A lake can be a farm tank or Lake Michigian. Take it in context. Lake boats also sails in close costal waters, depending on their size & construction. I know all about displacement/capsize ratios,etc. Just because some guy rowed across an ocean, doesn't mean everyone should grab a canoe and start paddling..... It won't matter what you do to your boat, the 240 is still a poor choice for ocean sailing. Can it be done? Sure. Is it wise? No. And I love my Bucc 22 and I
love sailing it,... on lakes.