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Old 03-21-2005, 04:40 PM
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Helluva boat. Loster style, built in Maine. Great hull design What power does she have? I know a guy that has one with a single Cat 3116 located in South Carolina.
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this forum has very little discussion about the downeast style hulls or the bay built boats.* That's unfortunate as they are classicly styled, seaworthy hulls that have a real heritage.** Much more interesting to see and discuss than 90% of todays production boats.** The Bruno Stillman,* Holland Hulls, Lyman Morse etc are classics
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You might want to try that same questio here http://www.noreast.com/discussion/To...cfm?forum_ID=8 . It's a shame that there isn't much talk about that type of boat on this board.
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I had a 35 Bruno & Stillman close to twenty five years ago and I thought it was a fabulous sea boat; so comfortable in a head sea. It could get a little squirrley coming into a rough inlet with a full load. It had a naturaly aspirated 3208 Cat and was a miser on fuel. I remember it fondly on sloppy days that I'm running around in my center console.
I am actually surprised that with todays fuel prices and some of our budgets that there isn't more of a market for semi-dispacement hulls with single deisels. I know they won't be the first ones out but they run the same speed no matter what the conditions. With todays lighter materials and modern diesels you would think you could have a better cruise speed. Build them with the sportfisherman in mind and who knows down the road when fuel is 2-3 times higher than now.
I don't know what power the boat has but the 42 will probably be an animal. They are wet boats(when smashing through seas) but you are inside so it's not a big deal and low freeboard toward the stern. Engine noise insulatiion would also be a consideration. Are you looking at a flybridge model?I'm not sure how that would affect roll.
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"I am actually surprised that with todays fuel prices and some of our budgets that there isn't more of a market for semi-dispacement hulls with single deisels."

They are actually quite popular up here in the northeast. There are many of them around. The better builders in Maine have a looong waiting list, longer than the popular center console builders in Florida. Owners tend not to talk about them as much as the go fast fishing cc owners. Many of the posters on this board probably think it to be absurd to be happy with a boat that can only break 20 knots on a day with a strong tail wind. But they do have their fans.
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I have run a 35 a lot. They are a good boat, solid, and tough. Wet is correct. One thing I recall is that they company is out of business because the hull quality went down the tube, and they lost a boat I believe a life as well.

They can definitely get squirly on a following sea without any weight in them, but this is more a comment on the down east style hulls than the Stillman.

There are some GREAT ones, and some not so great ones. Be certain you get her surveyed. I believe the molds were sold to Nauset Marine on the Cape, and they were building the 36/ 35 for a while.

If it is a flybridge model, make certain for a test ride. Most Down east hulls were designed as work boats without this, and the roll factor these adds is amazing. a lot of weight to the top of the boat can cause some to not like lunch so well in a cross sea.

On a different note, I have never heard anything bad about Young Brothers or Holland. All depends on what you are looking for
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We spent quite a bit of time looking for a 35 Bruno. Then changed our minds about what we were looking for. Some of the Brunos have a balsa cored. All of them we looked at had balsa coring above the water line and in the interior. Soft, Rotten areas were found on every boat we looked at. Some had a little and some had a lot. All of them would have been project boats.

I like the 35 a lot, and would still love to have one in a few years.

Like others said try noreast.com.



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Find your self a nice 35 ft Duffy. One of the best riding downeast hulls Period!!!
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thank's for the reply's guys. just wanted to get others input. FYI, she's solid glass, flybridge model, w/500hp luggar. any more info would be apprieciated, thanx in advance. scott
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bruno and stillman hulls were good hulls, both the 42 and 35. a lot of them have been turned into sportfishers cause of that exact reason. if the speed doesnt bother you, it'll be a great boat. concerning the cored hulls, bruno and stillman were among the first to use coring, and they didnt really know what they were doing apparently. some of their first cores were done with the grains running lengthwise. alot of their cored hulls have rotted out. here's another fact: while most companys would mold a full hull and then bolt on a keel, bruno and stillman made their hulls be making two halves, a right and a left, then putting them together. the reason the company went out of business was a combination of the bad coring on hulls and several sinkings of their 42 foot model. their later hulls, while the company was beginning to go under, were made cheaply and the later 42 foot models would actually split apart into the two halves, which is how the ships sank. as long as it wasnt one of their later models, a great boat.
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bruno and stillman hulls were good hulls, both the 42 and 35. a lot of them have been turned into sportfishers cause of that exact reason. if the speed doesnt bother you, it'll be a great boat. concerning the cored hulls, bruno and stillman were among the first to use coring, and they didnt really know what they were doing apparently. some of their first cores were done with the grains running lengthwise. alot of their cored hulls have rotted out. here's another fact: while most companys would mold a full hull and then bolt on a keel, bruno and stillman made their hulls be making two halves, a right and a left, then putting them together. the reason the company went out of business was a combination of the bad coring on hulls and several sinkings of their 42 foot model. their later hulls, while the company was beginning to go under, were made cheaply and the later 42 foot models would actually split apart into the two halves, which is how the ships sank. as long as it wasnt one of their later models, a great boat.

OLD OLD thread - I realize that. Im looking at a 1988 42 Bruno hull that is NOT cored - should I be concerned about the quality in those years? Is a hull problem like this something that a surveyor should be able to find?
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OLD OLD thread - I realize that. Im looking at a 1988 42 Bruno hull that is NOT cored - should I be concerned about the quality in those years? Is a hull problem like this something that a surveyor should be able to find?
Surveyor should be able to tell you what you need to know. If the hull is solid you may have found a diamond in the rough....however, look at the decks, bulkheads, wheelhouse etc. The hull might be solid but the rest of it might be cored and therefore "compromised"......
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By any chance are you looking at the Monsta ? for sale in RI
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By any chance are you looking at the Monsta ? for sale in RI

Its actually a Cape Cory, but my understanding is that it was a Bruno hull
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This is the Bruno to consider...
http://www.offshoreyachtsales.com/bo...s-4375297#info
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Its actually a Cape Cory, but my understanding is that it was a Bruno hull
Was not aware that Cape Dory made a 42. I know they made a 40'r but I did not realize it was a Bruno & Stillman hull. I had a CD 33 flybridge and it was an extremely well built hull as was the 36 that I am also familiar with. The 1 40'r I have seen is a dark blue one out of Rhode Island. Can't help much more than that though the designer of many of the Cape Dory's is working up at Robinhood Marine in ME. His name if I remember right is Andrew Valvalotis (sp?)
I stand corrected the Cape Dory Registry lists this:
http://www.capedory.org/specs/cd42lobster.htm
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Happily, Cape Dory's founder, Andy Vavolotis, once again owns the molds for his 36 and 40 foot sailboats, and is producing the former as the Robinhood 36 (photos left). According to Robinhood broker Dave Perry, hull #2 was scheduled for display at the 1995 Newport, R.I. boat show. In 1995, Joe Bonitch posted the following report on the rec.boats newsgroup:

" After noticing [a] discussion [on rec.boats] about Robinhood Marine building boats from the [old] Cape Dory molds, I was quite surprised to see the first Robinhood 36 over the weekend. Legacy is actually hull #200. The owner told me that Cape Dory built less than 150 36's, and Robinhood decided to start numbering theirs at 200.
" Legacy was launched late last week at Sill's marina in Sodus Point, N.Y. on Lake Ontario. The hull is navy blue, and the deck is white with tan non-skid. She is outfitted in Harken gear, right down to the bronze self-tailing winches. Harken attended the sea trials in Maine, and provided some gorgeous female crew (according to the owner) and took photos to be used in future Harken ads.
" I was standing beside Legacy on the dock when the owner popped up and invited my wife and I aboard. She promptly told us to take our time looking around and to make sure we didn't miss anything.
" One thing I can safely say about this boat is that it's all business. They definitely stuck to the KISS methodology. There is no clutter on deck. The only lines led back on the cabin top are the main and staysail sheets. Below decks is the same - no clutter, very functional, and incredible woodwork."
Quite a few former Cape Dory molds are now at Nauset Marine, a custom boat builder on Cape Cod. Founded in 1961, Nauset is "a family owned business, and we're here for the long run," according to Nauset Vice President Dawson Farber.
Nauset builds from these molds under the Nauset C/D name. They have the molds for the 30, 33 and 42 foot powerboats, the 30 foot motorsailer, and the 19, 22 30 and 33 foot sailboats. Since they are a custom yard, they will build boats on order only; they have no dealers and their only stock is a couple of boats used for boat show display around the Northeast.

Thus far, Nauset has delivered three Nauset 42' Powerboats built from former Cape Dory molds. The three were configured as a lobsterboat, a charter fishboat, and a custom yacht. In August 1995 they were just starting hull #1 of the 33' powerboat, available in three configurations: hardtop cruiser, flybridge, and with an extended step-up bridge deck.
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