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Old 02-28-2021, 03:21 PM   #1
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Selene Voyager - Mast / Sails??

We are reasonably firmly headed toward an order for a Helmsman 38E, but the aft cabin idea has caught my wife's eye. So I am at least doing a light kicking-of-the-tires on the Selene 38.

A big downside in what I see is the mast and boom. I just don't see much utility in it, and all of the mast stays are just in the way. Handling the dingy can be better done via a normal davit crane.

What am I missing? I just don't see much utility in a staysail. Am I wrong?

Are any of these custom made without the mast?

Other comments welcomed as well.

For use on the east coast, by the way.

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Old 02-28-2021, 04:51 PM   #2
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IMO the sail itself is rather useless except perhaps as a riding sail when at anchor, if you anchor with line instead of chain. The boom works just fine to manage the dinghy. You need a mast for the obvious. So just take the sail and toss it in a cabinet somewhere.

One question however, are you really serious about dropping a cool million on a new 38 when you could pick up any number of larger and perhaps better used trawlers, for less?
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Old 02-28-2021, 04:54 PM   #3
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Million? Really? I have not priced them and no prices are listed on the site.

Nope. Not worth a million.

How current is your info?
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My mist-type. Meant to say half-million. Can't edit the comment. Still point is made, balancing a brand new H38 versus a 20 years old Nordy 40 is a tough decision.
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Old 02-28-2021, 07:31 PM   #5
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If you are ordering a new boat, just delete the mast, boom and stays. Probably won't save you much but it better than removing it yourself and filling holes.

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My mist-type. Meant to say half-million. Can't edit the comment. Still point is made, balancing a brand new H38 versus a 20 years old Nordy 40 is a tough decision.
Thanks

A half makes more sense. But no doubt a bit more than that
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If you are ordering a new boat, just delete the mast, boom and stays. Probably won't save you much but it better than removing it yourself and filling holes.

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Sure. I guess I was just looking for info on the usefulness of them apart from davit duty. I have been through the old threads, and opinions were somewhat mixed. I wondered if there was any new comments since then.

Or comments on the boat generally
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