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Bombay Clipper 31
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5 10848 Sat September 12, 2009
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Description: Bombay Clipper 31
Keywords: Bombay Clipper 31
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed November 20, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

sloop rig, modified full keel, cruising sailboat, diesel power
comfortable family cruiser but not a race boat, 5 ton displacement
does not point well but will sail itself if properly trimmed. excellent
coastal cruiser but not recommended for offshore sailing though I
have sailed it twice across the Gulf of Mexico.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri January 3, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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This boat is a very good heavy weather boat. It weighs 13.5Ton. My particular boat is rigged with roller furling on the head and main. This allows you to never leave the cocpit in rough weather. I have sailed in 30-35 mph and never felt that the boat could not handle it.Although heavy she holds a easily good line. The interior is laid out in a traditional way and has a rather small galley. The head on the other hand is quite large. The bunks are all 6' or longer making for comfortable sleeping. Power is supplied by a 23hp Volvo diesel which can push tha boat at 6.5kn with 1500RPM. The only disadvantage is in light wind, althought the addition of a cruising spinnaker has helped. Over all I feel that the Bombay Clipper is a very seaworthy boat for the cruiser who is not interested in racing or always being the first one in to port.
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Bos'n
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Registered: August 2001
Review Date: Wed August 8, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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She's big, she's fat, she's a COW, but If you can stand the occasional "wow look at how fat that one is" she's stable as an aircraft carrier, has plenty of room and very forgiving. Just remember, relaxing not racing. I have small children and as far as a family cruiser TLC can't be beat. She can take a Hatteras wake right up the rear and not even knock the 1yr old off his feet (tested). However, I would only rate her as fair offshore, just because of her beam, 11’. Short and fat are not good offshore characteristics. I think the boat structurally could take most anything but I can't. If you’re young and have plenty of stamina, I'm sure she'd get you there and back. If your middle age and clumsy, she'd get you there and the chiropractor would get your back. Rock and Roll you to death. Inside she's roomy with generous bunks and plenty of storage. I put a 1.3ton AC under the fore settee. 6 batteries under the false deck (I installed) and with the inverter the wife doesn’t ever know when we’ve left the dock. I have an 18hp 3cyl diesel and get 5.5-6.0 kts. I don’t think I’d set out on a world cruise or anything but if you live on the ICW or inland she’s the perfect family cruiser. Just be sure and look for blisters. The 70's and 80's were the “bad years” and don’t be discouraged if you find one or two. I found one. These boats have been floating 30+ years and will easily float 30 more.....
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Review Date: Sat December 22, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $18,000.00 | Rating: 6 

 
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Seems like a good solid Boat, Thinking of using her as a bare boat Charter with a cottage , at floridasailingadventures.com. She does not have a gen but It would be nice to out fit her with solar power and the large alt. would like to know about the false deck Bos'n put in. Might even just sell her? will post more after I take her out..
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Bombayskipper
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Registered: September 2009
Review Date: Sat September 12, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: generally well thought out construction, able to weather conditions more extreme than any I would voluntarily sail into
Cons: none, as long as she is not expected to do anyhing she was not designed for

We have owned our Bombay Clipper 31 "Bombay Star" for 14 years. Two of those years were taken up in a major refit which we accomplished ourselves. There were opportunities to improve on many of the mechanical features of the boat which we would be happy to share with any owner who is interested. She is capable of sailing herself if properly trimmed and we have raced her. She is not a J-boat: her PHRF rating the last time we needed one was 240; we referred to that as a "Horizon Rating" meaning that if another boat could see us on the horizon as they crossed the line, we were winning on corrected time. Delightful boat to use as a second home for a couple whose children are grown; good for having grandchildren aboard. Being 32 years old, she does need TLC and an owner who is no stranger to the tool box.
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