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Roberts 36 Bilge Keel....good or bad buy?
Good day guys,
Ive spent so many hours reading these forums but this is my first post so hello one and all.
I thought I would ask the heads wiser than my own out there a bit of advice. Myself and my partner have a plan for an extended voyage in the next few years. Last year in N.Z I bought a 24ft Achilles sloop and began learning how to sail, we have since moved to Australia and are undertaking RYA courses. I see undertaking a voyage a bit of an apprenticeship, Ive learned the basics of sailing, I read as many books as I can get my hands on to increase my knowledge and try to learn as much about the different styles of boats as I can, and gradually we are building our knowledge and experience. Ive done the return leg of the Brisbane to Gladstone race, We have plans to crew on an off shore trip next year and have chartered a bareboat which was awesome.
While looking at 'boat porn" as my missus calls it I have came across a Bruce Roberts 36 steel Bilge keel. It was professionally built apparently, there is minor rust (mostly surface) from what i could see on a quick crawl about but it had good access. The rig looks in decent shape, there is a volvo 33hp diesel which has has the gearbox removed for recon (done but not installed) but the guys assures me the motor is good and is happy to re install the gearbox if I pull the trigger so to speak. It is pretty rough inside and out mainly cosmetic but it very much bare bones. He is keen to move it as he's moving interstate and its cheap, dirt cheap. But I know cheap can quickly escalate into a bloody headache. I do not mind a project, ive estimated what I think i will need to spend and added 50% and I think its still cheap.
My goal for this boat is just to get out on the water until the budget and timing allows me to find the boat of my dreams. I dont think the Bilge keel is what I want for my long term plans, but I want to be sailing and I think a bit of a project would be a good basis for fixing things later on as my mechanical knowledge is in its infancy.
Does anybody know much about the Roberts 36 Bilge keel? Ive read about the pros/cons of the keel design but cant find much info about this particular model.
I think I might take a punt but dont want to buy a tub.
Any advice / input would be great.