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Old 08-26-2004
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Babas? +/-''''s

You asked for some recommended vessels. Here is my personal list. Many of these are doubled ended full keeled cruisers such as you are seeking. Almost all can be had any day of the week for less than $70k. (BTW Babas are the most overpriced 30 footer I have seen, that said, one sold in my marina for $8k in the last 6 months).

1. Windjammer 34 (wooden decks)
2. Dreadnaught 32
3. Rafiki 35, 37
4. Roughwater 33
5. Fantasia 35
6. Westsail 32
7. Baba 30
8. Tayana 37
9. Ingrid 38
10. Freya 39
11. Ohlson 38?
12. Southern Cross 31, 35, 39
13. Aries 32
14. Westsail 42
15. Spencer 35 Mk II
16. Cabo Rico 38
17. Oceanic 36
18. Young Sun 35/Windward 35
19. Hans Christian 34, 36, 38
20. Mariner Polaris 36
21. EO 36
22. Mao Ta 36
23. Union 36
24. some CT''s (Ta Chiao)
25. Nan Tai 37
26. Explorer 45 aft cockpit
27. Shannon 37, 38 (normally rigged as ketches and may have centerboards
28. Alajuela 39 ( very narrow sterns)
29. Cape George 36 (wooden decks)
30. Fraser 36
31. Jason 35
32. Rival 38
33. Tashiba 31, 36
34. Kogen 38 (centerboards)
35. Bayfield 36
36. Ta Shing panda 38
37. True North 34
38. Lord Nelson
39. Bentley 38
40. Globe/Falcon 38
41. CT 34
42. Pacific Seacraft Maria 32

It seems that the going price on late 70''s Tayana 37''s is about $45k which in my mind makes them about the best deal out there. You might also consider the Rafiki 37. It is laid out much like the Tayana, but can be had for about $10k less. With all these boats be very carefull of the teak decks. Almost all of them leak or will leak. You MUST get a competant surveyor to check the vessel out. If you have some good skills, you can usually talk about $10k off the price of a boat with saturated deck cores and then just dry them out yourself. ( you may want to avoid vessels with rotten cores though).

My own experience is that I bought a Rafiki 35 (saturated decks) for $7,500 last July. I bought a semi tractor and trailer and hauled her to a hot dry place. Deck cores should be dry in another month or so. I''ll then glass the decks and finish the rest of the refit (new plumbing and electrical, some minor cosmetic stuff)


David Braun
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