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    Posted: 05 October 2019 at 10:04
Hello! It was great to find and read all the post in this forum.

I am considering buying a 342, because it seems to me that it is still a great a secure option. It is a 2008 MY, in mint condition, no cracks in the swimming platform, connection of keel to hull ok and Max-prop propeller.

I live in the NW of Spain, so there will be my home base. I would like to do some offshore sailing, but mainly coastal navigation around our lovely Galician rķas.

Do you think that a 342 is still a nice choice? This boat and size can safely take us offshore?
Your opinion and commentaries would of great importance to me.

Thanks so much in advance. 
Greetings from Spain!
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Ola Inanna,

I think that a 342 is a great choice for your wonderful sailing area. It is well built, and, as you have already inspected, a long lasting quality boat.

I assume that it has a self tacker, which is great in your area if you are sailing shorthanded. As Galicia is blessed with good to strong winds the disadvantage of the sail area turns into a asset. Reefing is easy, starting always with the main.

After 11 years you might consider a set of new sails. Engine I assume is ok ?


Good Luck


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Thanks so much for your reply, Fendant.

Yes, it has self tacker and Gennaker furling system also. 

The more I look for any other alternative boat, the more I realize this is an excellent option for me. 
I appreciate that every 341/342 user is happy even after many years with the boat, and that is an excellent value.

Galicia is an paradise for sailing, indeed. Maybe a good place for a 342 meetup in a near future?
Anyway, if someone is or will be sailing around, please count on my help and support.

Regards


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I have hade my 342 for fourteen years now and I cannot stop praising the boat.

For me, the 342 has proved the ideal size. Not too big, not too small. I easily sail singlehanded and I frequently sail with two adults, two soon-too-be-teenagers, a cat and a dog aboard.

For a period of more than four years I used my boat as my permanent accomadation in Stockholm, Sweden. Now that I live in a house I still think my boat met all the needs I had.

I compare my boat to my Norwegian friend's Dufour 34. I sailed the North Sea to where he lives so I am familiar with his waters. I however crossed the North Sea between Norway and Scotland (approx 48 hrs) in his boat several times but never in mine but would say that I am sure the trip would be much more comfortable in my boat. He's got a better autopilot though, since I only have a tillerpilot, but a stronger autopilot also means a larger drain on the batteries. His boat is a bit faster but he constantly has to reef the main whereas I hardly do that on my boat.

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Thanks so much for your reply, Johan. I am also planing to use the boat as an apartment during weekends. The only thing I am not completely keen about is that this boat doesn't offer convertible saloon, ant that would be a nice feature for a two cabins model. Maybe this is the only inconvenience I find for this boat.

It was great to find your Youtube channel, BTW! I am also a professional musician. I really enjoyed "I am saling", soo nice and tender. Congratulations!

Kind regards,
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Inanna Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 November 2019 at 10:22
Well, after a long trip we are the proud owners of a 342. The boat is in excellent condition and we will be sailing soon. 
We will receive it mast down. Is there anything we should work on now?
Thanks to the forum! Cheers


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Let me be the first to congratulate you on buying such a stunning boat! It looks amazing with the teak deck.

It is a good thing that the anchor drain is located so far forward since then it won't be drilled through the sandwich laminate.

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Thanks so much, Johan! I was amazed by how well she sails, and now I can't wait to get her in less than a week.

Everything is in mint condition, including the sheets except for the electronics, that I plan to get replaced progressively. By now, and because the boat will arrive to me with the mast down, I'll install a Garmin xHD radar that I already have. So the electronics will be Garmin in the future.

Any suggestions or advices to improve the mast based on your experience now that I'll have it down would be very welcome: better or improved sheaves, deck flood light (is it worthwhile? any good option in LED?), LED navigation lights...

Thanks
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Hi Carlos,

It is a bit difficult to see in your picture if there is a wind sensor at the top of the mast. If not, that would be the first obvious thing to add when the mast is down. Good wind information is key to sailing optimally.

On my masthead there is a VHF antenna and an antenna for 3G. The latter is connected to a router so I have wi-fi on my boat. Besides giving me access to the internet I also have a Tellstick gateway connected which enables me to monitor temperatures and control heaters on my boat from my mobile. During the winter this is absolutely fantastic.

I used to have a Lopolight tricolour but it broke and I decided not to replace it.

I once installed a combined steaming light and deck light and found out the hard way that it is necessary to have it well protected. You will need a cage around it.

Other than that, I have replaced all the sheaves for the main halyards and the jib sheet but this was because the were worn. I would dissassemble them to inspect but I would not replace if they look good.

Halyards must not stretch. If they do, the whole sailing experience goes missing. I would put some money into that.

Hope this is of help,

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I wrote a few things about my sheaves here: https://www.myhanse.com/emilia-on-the-move_topic6709_page65.html.

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