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Boat Reviews By Owners

1999 -- 50' 0" SCHREIBER BOATS

Model: Watts' Steel Schooner

Cockpit: Comfortable offshore cruising arrangement with good shelter and visibility. Flush deck forward is best picnic area.

Cabin: Doghouse provides dinette, inside steering wheel and storage. Roomy 2 stateroom arrangement forward. Galley with pass-thru to dinette lets galley slave participate at social hour and keep visual contact with helmsperson in heavy weather.

Construction: Welded according to US Coast Guard specs. A36 mild steel, ss fittings. Compound curvature in hull for smoothness and added strength. Solid T&G aromatic eastern white cedar (juniper) interior.

Handling: Designed by J. Murray Watts as a sailing vessel. Glides along with 40Hp diesel, short quick turning radius. Canoe stern and bottom design make her easily driven. Generous sail area keeps her going in light air and a real ride when things pick up.

Engine Room: Isuzu QD40 3 cyl. diesel, 275 gal fuel, dual filter system, fresh water keel cooling, dry exhaust. Engine beds will accomodate much larger engine if desired. I owned the 40, so I put it in. I also have big anchors and electric windlass, so I can wait out a change of tide in places like the Cape Fear river.

General Comments: It's been my home for the last six years. Truly a liveaboard cruiser. Like any boat, she could be upgraded, but that's not been a priority to me. The time spent 90 miles offshore is worth a hundred bow thrusters and sailing in a 25 knot breeze trumps 120 hp in the ICW. Of course the bigger engine and bow thruster could be installed without a major refit. She's on the market now. I've had my fun and it's time to get back building more steel vessels.

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Date Submitted: 2006-05-15

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