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Albin Ballad
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Description: Albin Ballad
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu July 27, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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designed as halftonner.one class racing in europe specially in scandinavia
30 feet length.elegant design,pretty good heavy weather boat,fast.
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adrian_sole
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Registered: October 2000
Review Date: Mon March 26, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Ballads are one design racer/cruisers. Tiller steering, modified fin keel with a skeg hung rudder.

I have had my Ballad for 1 year now and love her. I like the lines and wanted good sailing ability over accomadations. I would recommend her to a friend. Email me if you have questions.

She is a pretty dry boat and handles very well in heavy weather. She balances very well. Construction is very good and all the ballads I have seen have held up very well.

She is not the roomiest 30', when compared to newer 30', but then she will cost alot less to. If you enjoy a good sailing boat you will enjoy her, but if you are a dock sailor, the lack of room below will be a problem.


She is fast and can easily be sailed to her rating. The main is smallish, so you really need the jib up to get her to tack well and point.

The head is small, with about 5' 8" head room, no shower possible. Engine access is average, but tight.

On the plus side the settes and quarter berth are over 6' and make good sleeping berths.

The cockpit with the tiller is a little cramped at times, but the tiller allows the helmsan to sit under the dodger. I can easly single hand the boat and I perfer a tiller, so I can sit up on the coamings. Everything is a compromise

The swim ladder of the transom is adequate but I would buy a ladder to put over the side. Once again this is a 1978 boat, built to race in the north seas around sweden. Compared to other 1978 boats she is great, compared to newer catalinas for creature comforts she is not so great.

She does not have opening side ports, so ventilation could be better. She does have a large opening hatch on the fordeck, so get a wind scoop and things will be okay.

Every boat is a compromise, I love my ballad, she really sails well and looks great compared to newer designs.

Good Luck on your boat search
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