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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.

Johan



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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,
Carlos
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