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  • Thanks! Very helpful
    • Ken (Login 68Lancer)
      Posted Nov 7, 2011 5:44 AM

      Craig,
      Thanks for posting those pix. I was really curious how they did the interior arrangement.
      My 1968 23' Lancer Express has an unusual interior arrangement that is largely taken up by two large berths. For all practical purposes, the bow area is closed off except for the small area where the optional head would be put. The rest of the bow space (over 7 feet of it) is just storage.
      I guess if you wanted to carry a few thousand feet of anchor line, it is a great arrangement!
      The 24' looks like a lot more efficient use of space for only a foot of additional length.
      Its also interesting that they added 13 inches of length but left the beam at 8 feet. This makes it easy to trailer up here. They also added 1000 lbs of displacement and an inch of draft. That's a significant change from the 4000 lbs displacement of the 23 Express.
      It would be interesting to drive a 23 and a 24 in blue water and see how they compare. I'll bet they are pretty different boats.

      After trying to sell my 23' Lancer Express through a couple of different avenues, its clear that no one wants her. so it leaves me with a tough decision on what to do with her. At the moment, she's covered with snow, so that can wait until Spring.

      Did you drive up and see the 24 for sale in Vermont? If you look at the actual location of the marina where she's kept, its within spitting distance of the Canadian line.
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