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..............................--- Ruth & Sumner's 1981 Endeavour 37 ---
..........................--- Our Endeavour 37 is For Sale ---

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...................................Picture at time of purchase (2011).

....................--- Our Endeavour 37 is For Sale ---

.With Ruth's passing ( 8-30-14) I'm going to have to put the Endeavour up for sale. At this point I don't have a firm price in mind. Ruth and I made a lot of mods to this boat to set her up for cruising to remote areas. Most are documented here with some yet to be documented (working on that). The boat still needs some work to go back into the water (finish head install, finish connecting hoses to new thru-hulls and some electrical wiring and other smaller odds and ends). I plan on returning to the boat (Port Charlotte, FL) in October or November (2014) to finish these jobs. I would sell the boat for somewhat less before that if someone wants to save some money and finish the work. When I finish the work I'll probably stay until late spring on the boat to show her, hopefully finding a new home for her If you are seriously interested in this boat either before I return to her or afterwards please contact me at --- contact20(at)purplesagetradingpost(dot)com

What we Bought and Why:

During our Spring 2011 7 1/2 week to Florida's west coast and then down into the Keys with our MacGregor 26S we made the decision to look for a larger boat. We love the Mac and will be keeping it, but were looking for something that had more room for extended trips on the water and one that would be a lot safer and easier to be aboard offshore. We didn't want to sail across big oceans, but were eyeing maybe going up the east coast, maybe out to the Bahamas and maybe places just a little more distant.

We had some money, but not a lot, so finding a boat to do the above within our budget narrowed the field down some. We also wanted a shallow draft boat. We finally narrowed our search down to...... [continued below the index ( HERE )]



..............--- Ruth & Sumner's 1981 Endeavour 37 Index ---

Pictures & Specs at Time of Purchase ..........


Modifications to the Inside .............................


Ruth and Sumner's Canvas Mods ..................


Endeavour's Electrical Modifications ............

Plumbing/Fixture Modifications .....................


Outside Mods ....................................................

Endeavour's Electronics/Navigation ..............


Trips With Our Endeavour .............................


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..................Picture taken in Long Beach, California by our friends Sandi & Matt Stolle (2010)

...........( Ruth A. (Dawson) Patterson --September 11, 1942 ~ August 30, 2014In Honor of Ruth )

....................What we bought and why continued.....

We finally narrowed our search down to the following as there were a number of these boats out there in our price range: Catalina 30 or 34 or an Endeavour 32 or 37. We looked at an Endeavour 32 and decided it was smaller inside than what we were looking for. We also looked at a Catalina 30 in person and liked it and liked what we saw and heard of the 34's.

Ultimately it came down to the fact that I wanted a boat that, for Ruth's sake, would instill confidence in about any condition that we found ourselves. Here is a comparison of the final 3 boats in the decision making process and some numbers on them.

.........................Endeavour 37 -- Catalina 34 -- Catalina 30

Length:---------------------------------------- 37'5" ------------ 34'6" ------------ 30'

Length at Water Line:---------------------- 30' -------------- 29.83' ------------25'

Beam:------------------------------------------11'7" ------------ 11.75' ----------- 10.83'

Draft:------------------------------------------- 4'6" ------------ 3'10" ------------ 3'10"

Keel:-------------------------------------- Modified Full ----Wing Keel -----Wing Keel

Displacement:---------------------------- 20,000 lbs. ------- 12,600 lbs. ---- 10,200 lbs.

Ballast:-------------------------------------- 8,000 lbs. -------- 5,600 lbs. ----- 4,650 lbs.

Mast (from water line):-------------------------- 46' -------------- 49' ---------------- 45 '

Sail Area:----------------------------------- 580 sq. ft. ------- 523 sq. ft. ------ 446 sq. ft.

Hull Speed:--------------------------------- 7.34 kn. ----------- 7.32 kn. -------- 6.7 kn.

Capsize Ratio (Less than 2.0 is preferred) :--- 1.71 -------------- 2.02 ------------- 2.00

Motion Comfort (Range = 5-60: Higher

number means more comfort at sea) :----------- 36.43 ------------- 23.24 ------------ 24.71

Production:----------------------------- 1977 to 1983 --- 1986 to 2008 --- 1974 to 2006

The 'capsize ratio' and 'motion comfort' and of course the price of used boats played a large part in out decision to go with an Endeavour 37 sailboat. I feel we would of been very happy also with either of the Catalinas, but the Endeavour is a boat that for sure can be taken off-shore and/or can handle some less than desirable conditions with a lot of confidence. After buying the boat and while we were still tied up in the previous owner's slip at Ft. Myers Beach a guy came up and started talking to me. He had owned an E37 for a number of years and said that we would love the boat for what we wanted to do. He said that in 35 kn. winds he put the main on the second reef and set the Genoa and it would sail all day like that.

John Brooks and Rob Valdes, the founders of Endeavour Yachts, took a 34 foot Ray Creekmore design and Dennis Robbins modified it by cutting it in half and adding 3 feet to the midsection. Thus the Endeavour 37 was born of which 476 were sold. The 37 is of simple design that has a short rig and a strong hull made from polyester resin, fiberglass woven roving and multi-directional chopped strand fiber. They aren't a great boat windward, but are a nice boat with their shallow draft for the Florida Keys and Bahamas Islands where we hope to spend time and at 20,000+ lbs. a very strong boat. Since we are cruisers looking for a good solid boat we feel the Endeavour 37 might be a good boat for us. Time will tell.

If you are interested in Endeavours there is a really nice site with owners reviews, specs. history and much more ( The Endeavour Owners Forum ),

Sumner and Ruth

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