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AlistairTerry 08-26-2013 02:20 PM

Macwester 30 Wight MK1
Hey there everyone,

I am new to this forum but really hope to learn a lot more here. I am looking to buy a used vessel around 30' which is worthy enough for some carribean passages. I am currently in Ontario, Canada and want the freedom of sailing anywhere in the World.

I recently came across the MacWester 30 Wight MK1, and have been having a very hard time finding info about it. It's a triple keel Ketch. The idea of a ketch really appeals to me as it give you a seperate cabin aft of the cockpit. And triple keels seem amazing as they allow you to leave your boat in a tide and have it stand as it goes out :)

Also, the idea that it's made for the rough North Sea must say something about it

Would love some input though, thoughts, opinions or anything :)

Thanks everyone!

bljones 08-26-2013 02:32 PM

Re: Macwester 30 Wight MK1
That boat is an intriguing boat, but it needs a lot of work. All of the systems are worn, and much maintenance has been deferred. the entry cost is pretty low, but it's due for new sails, new running rigging, and the standing rig should be inspected. The Leyland diesle engine is obsolete, and the condition is unknown. For daysailing and occasional overnighting on the Great lakes, it might be worth the gamble, but for a run south there are better choices, although at a higher initial price point, that provide better value.

bljones 08-26-2013 02:33 PM

Re: Macwester 30 Wight MK1
BTW, welcome aboard. where in ontario are you located?

AlistairTerry 08-26-2013 02:38 PM

Re: Macwester 30 Wight MK1
I'm Just outside St. Kitts. Moved here a few months ago and have had the sailboat obsession in the head the past few years.

I definitely don't mind a boat that requires work. In fact, the idea of less up-front, and working on it for the next year or 2 to make it ready for everything is fine. As long as it is actually worth it haha

But the input is invaluable. Love the help :)

bljones 08-26-2013 02:52 PM

Re: Macwester 30 Wight MK1
Alistair, that macwester would break your heart. THIS is a better idea: Ticon 30' Sailboat, Best Deal in Canada - Ontario Sailboats For Sale - Kijiji Ontario Canada.

bljones 08-26-2013 02:54 PM

Re: Macwester 30 Wight MK1
if you want to get on the water and go sailing, let me know. we are always looking for new crew.

AlistairTerry 08-26-2013 03:08 PM

Re: Macwester 30 Wight MK1
This is the advice I needed haha. Thanks :)

Guess I'll have to keep playing the waiting and save money game...
I'm always down for an opportunity to sail with anyone. I saw your blog, it looks great.

bljones 08-26-2013 03:14 PM

Re: Macwester 30 Wight MK1
I have been intrigued by that Mac for a while, and more intrigued by how the price keeps coming down. It's now nearly at the point where it is tempting, but i could see years and thousands of dollars chasing one project after another, and still have a boat that is worth very very little. It is a hard sell- a slow, relatively cramped boat with obsolete systems in need of everything. The layout is also a little unfriendly- essentially two single bunks in the v-berth, and two in the aft cabin, and a dinette.

AlistairTerry 08-26-2013 03:17 PM

Re: Macwester 30 Wight MK1
Gotcha. I know they're still worth quite a bit in the UK which is another reason I was intrigued. It really is cheap. But you're right. Probably not worth the headache and money for still an outdated boat...

bljones 08-26-2013 03:20 PM

Re: Macwester 30 Wight MK1
And there are so many choices out there , and bound to be more in the fall. Under 10K , there are lots of great boats.

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