The Choate CF37 comes after a pedigree of vessels design by Scott Kaufman and built by Dennis Choate of Dencho Marine in California. These vessels are sought after boats in the NorthWest as both solid performing racer-cruisers. Born in 1977 as a solid racer-cruiser, this is a blue-water cruiser.
Orion has been meticulously cared for with annual maintenance and upkeep. Considering the age of her hull, the owner has taken a certain pride of ownership, everywhere you look, making the vessel equally inviting to both owners and guests alike. Upon viewing this vessel, I could not find any deck crazing, considering the age of the solid hand laid fiberglass hull. This Choate CF37 will not disappoint you, and she is ready to take you where you want to go, even Alaska. Though Orion has already been there, perhaps she knows the way…
So Why Should You Buy This Boat?
Efficient and Practical Layout- Having a traditional yet proven design,everything is where it should be. From the location of the halyard leads, dual winches, to the wind turbine, solar panels and radar mast, everything topsides is simply where it should be. Below, decent accommodation for 5 with plenty of storage, practicality and charm welcomes you.
Safety at Sea- It is not too often that you discuss design numbers like ballast/weight ratio, but in this case, having a such a ratio of over 40%, Orion is a very stiff boat in regards to healing, especially when the wind picks up, seldom more than 12 degrees. Also, the deep cockpit will keep occupants safe and relatively dry when the going gets rough, further thanks to the additional dodger.
Tiller Steering- Though most sailboats today have wheel steering, Orion comes with a custom tiller. Under sail in high winds, it is effortless there is no “white knuckling”, thanks to a properly designed tiller/ rudder. One of the benefits is that you will feel increasing pressure as the wind builds, telling you to ease the sheets or traveller. You never get this from a wheel. Secondly, there is a secondary and much shorter “mini-tiller” that is used with the Raytheon tiller pilot and remote. This means you can lift the main tiller out of the way providing more room in the cockpit, for relaxing under way when motoring or sailing. Or just out single handing for the day.
Economic Marine Engine- Orion comes with a Pathfinder marine Diesel engine. Which basically a marinized version of a Volkswagen 4-cylinder Diesel engine sporting 50 HP. Perhaps one of the benefits of having this reliable engine is that most parts can be available at your local garage or Canadian Tire which keeps maintenance costs and repairs relatively inexpensive. These engines were made from the 1970’s up to the 1990’s and are very fuel efficient at 3.7 litres/hr.
Main Saloon– Due to the tumblehome design of the hull, giving the boat a somewhat more beamy hull profile, you end up having a larger interior below. Besides a roomy and functional galley with ample storage, a warm and cozy interior further welcomes you. A king size V-berth up front, and ample elbow room for your guests, as well as an audio/video system will entertain you at anchor. Turn on the Fab-All diesel furnace, and your sailing season is extended year-round.
Broughton Archipelago- If moorage location is important for sensational cruising, the North Island is a sure bet. Not only a stepping stone to the Inside Passage and central coast, but you have one of the most picturesque and rugged cruising grounds. Lastly, considering the cost of moorage in southern BC let alone marina congestion, $1700/yr. moorage in Port McNeil could be another incentive.
So much more to tell you, so open and read “Full Details” and be ready to be impressed. Then call us to arrange your own private showing. You will clearly be glad that you did. This very special Orion can be yours, and take you in total confidence, from the cruising grounds of California or Puget Sound to the Hecate Strait, Alaska and beyond.
This boat in 2012 made a story in Three Sheets Northwest: https://www.threesheetsnw.com/blog/2012/05/07/my-boat-sv-orion/
Transition to the new Owner:
The vendor is very proud of his boat and the way that she has been kept and would be honored to assist in orientating the new owner to his new vessel.
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