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Looking to buy a boat in Australia

Looking to buy an Aussie Boat
My criteria have finally been approved by the sergeant at arms and I am looking at the purchase of a new yacht.

Essentially the boat will be a houseboat/unit for wife and 2 kids whilst we visit my son at school and then coastal sailing/twilight racing for other periods. For me the obvious choice seems to lie in the 36 to 40 foot Bene, Jeanneau, Hanse etc however I am fairly open minded as the use is fairly basic.

In an ideal world the boat might have an autohelm, twin wheels (much easier to climb around), 3 cabins, reasonable condition etc etc and cost under $A180k.

Not too fussed by age, far more focused on condition.

So if you are on the East Coast of oz and are looking to sell your boat as winter bites hard let me know through PM and we can talk.

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Re: Looking to buy a boat in Australia

Browse New boats and used boats for sale - BoatPoint Australia.
It is always a buyer's market, so consider all asking prices very negotiable.

As well as the usual suspects from Bendy Toy etc, there are some very solid Aussie designs, often built to a higher standard than the modern imports.
Swansons are highly regarded, but may be too old fashioned for you. Jarkan and Bluewater have some more modern offerings and familiar US designs such as S&S 36 and 39 were locally produced to good specification. Cole is another. Farr etc etc. Plenty choice and usually cheaper that the more glitzy imports.
Of course there were some awful dogs built as well. Ask around.
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Re: Looking to buy a boat in Australia

Thanks Arvicola, I will keep my eyes open, there are some really nice designs, like the Binks Yachts, Farr Phase 4.

They look a lot like our current day Beneteau, Bavaria etc well ahead of their time.

Also thanks to the person who sent me a PM. The rules prevent me from answering but I appreciate the advice none the less.
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Re: Looking to buy a boat in Australia

Agree with the above.

The Farr phase 4's are nice, sail well and old enough to represent good value buying.

If you are after a Beneteau, Bavaria etc however these are also now becoming good value buying in a boat older than 10 years.

Put simply locally those who seek an older tried and true Australian design are not interested in a 15 year old production boat and those interested in a production boat are not interested in one that old.
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Put simply locally those who seek an older tried and true Australian design are not interested in a 15 year old production boat and those interested in a production boat are not interested in one that old.
Of course that may bite me when i go to sell wouldn't it?
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I think if you buy at the right price you shouldn't get hit too badly on resell.

The bluewater brand boats mentioned are fantastic voyaging/cruising boats but come at a significant premium over a Beneteau/Bavaria or similar. I would recommend them for extended cruising but for your purposes I think you will find better value in Beneteau/Bavaria etc.

If I recall correctly Jeanneau brought twin wheels into smaller boats earlier than other builders.

Have a look at the below.

Used 2008 JEANNEAU SUN ODYSSEY 39I Boat For Sale - boatpoint.com.au

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And here is one of the early twin wheeled Sun Odyssey 40s.

Used 1999 JEANNEAU SUN ODYSSEY 40 Boat For Sale - boatpoint.com.au

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Yes, probably right.

What are the thoughts on Catalinas, and inparticular where they sit in the scheme of quality, coastal sailing suitability, finish standard, rig, handling at sea etc

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And here is one of the early twin wheeled Sun Odyssey 40s.

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I have been chatting with the broker on this one recently, looking at seeing it soon.

It looks to be in good quality but $165K seems rich for a 99 build
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I have been chatting with the broker on this one recently, looking at seeing it soon.
I wonder if it is an ex charter boat. My suspicion is probably.
That wouldn't stop me buying it though.

I think it is probably a touch overpriced.

Professional Delivery from Mackay to Sydney would set you back 4-7k(Aus).
Where would you keep the boat?

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