at time of purchase (2011).
selling the boat on hold for a while. E-mail me if you
would like to be contacted if or when I change my mind.
passing ( 8-30-14) I'm putting 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 December (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 westcoast 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 following index]
Ruth & Sumner's 1981 Endeavour 37 Index ---
taken in Long Beach, California by our friends Sandi & Matt
Ruth A. (Dawson) Patterson --September 11, 1942 ~ August 30, 2014
Honor of Ruth )
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.
(Less than 2.0 is preferred) :---
1.71 -------------- 2.02 ------------- 2.00
(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
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),