Why aren't the build dates listed? (The Amel Marumu 46 is very nice!)
Are the import taxes prohibitive in Australia? Because I would imagine there are deals (and excellent boats) in both NZ and SA and perhaps even Thailand that if you plan right, you could see several at a time to make it worth the flight.
But then I don't know if you're up to sailing it back to Oz just to save a few thousand.
EDIT: The Warwick is nice, but unsurprisingly the builder/designer are unknown to me. I wouldn't want a 22-year-old Volvo, and I would want more HP than 38 HP to push a 40 footer, and also to power whatever gets that electronics gear working, keeps the tinnies cold, and keeps the showers hot.
It's a capable looking boat, though.
Would the Amel be too big? It's about the same price, and they have a great reputation.
Avoid the Roberts designs. I've seen several of them, and I still have no idea if the guy draws decent boats, because they've all looked like they were built by a spastic with seven fingers, in the dark. I've heard that some like them, and they are common as muck, so I hope this isn't always the case.
I wouldn't touch a Roberts with a barge pole. In my mind the only half way decent boats with that man's name attached are copies. The Amel looks a nice thing for sure but I really do want to stay within 40'. Partly to do with docking and slipping costs and partly to do with keeping the size of the gear within limits.
Warwick design/construct is highly thought of in NZ and NZ is generally considered a great birthplace for a yacht, particularly timber or timber/composite.
22 year old Volvo is a bit of a worry, yes. Maybe have to factor in a re engine unless it has been maintained exceptionally well . Our old boat had a Volvo and it was utterly reliable but I confess a bit noisy. I wouldn't have thought 38hp to be a problem. My guess is that this is an easily driven hull.
Underwater, I'm not totally sure whether she has a skeg or not but she's fin keel. Waiting on more info come Monday.
I do keep an eye out for what's for sale in NZ. Sailing a new boat home is not a huge deal but as I'm still working, time does come into it. You don't just hand over your money and set sail across the Tasman as you'd understand.
Cam - crap on the sole covers what I believe are polished timber floors. The carpet would definitely have to go.