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aeronca 05-31-2011 10:01 PM

Nightingale 30
Hi everyone, new sailors here and currently looking at our first boat. Came across and looked at a boat called a Nightingale 30. The broker was not very helpful and didn't seem to know much about the boat, although I'm not sure it was his listing, hopefully he'll be sending more information. Anyway I can't find anything on the net about the boat. Says the hull is a 1979 and interior finished 1985, so we think it is probably owner built? Anyway if anyone has any info would be greatly appreciated.

Faster 05-31-2011 10:24 PM

I found that yachtworld ad.... the boat in Everett WA?

It looks very much to me like what was built in BC as a Windward 850, by Spencer, I believe. Perhaps it was stretched to 30' with a reverse transom.

I agree that odds are it was purchased as a hull and deck and owner finished (could be good, could be bad, survey and eyes wide open). They were a roomy boat that sold relatively well locally for a while.

Have a look and compare:

Sailboats: 28' Windward 28 Sloop - Listing #: 3325

aeronca 05-31-2011 11:14 PM

Yeah its the boat in Everett. It does look like the Windward 28 you linked to. Looked at it today, thinking of taking someone more knowledgeable with us next time. Today was a bit of a tire kicking sort of thing to see what we might like. Missed what looked was a good deal on a Ericson 29 that sold before we could get down to Seattle this afternoon.
The Nightingale looked pretty nice inside, a few things that I had a question about that I would have to have someone else look at. I figure at this end of the price range the boats may not be the best looker so was a bit suprised at how nice it is inside. Also saw a S2 26footer that looked really nice at a good price but it has a 6hp outboard and we were wanting a inboard, diesel hopefully.
Not a whole lot of choices up here in the 6-12000$ range, well a few that even I can recognize as being not too nice. Found a 27ft hunter late 70 vintage for 9900 that was pretty clean looking may have to go back and look at it a bit more carefully. Thanks for the reply, will see what I can find on the Windward 28 online.

tomperanteau 06-01-2011 01:50 PM

In this market the boat seems a bit pricey to me.

aeronca 06-01-2011 02:17 PM

I don't know for sure about the price it does seem that things are a bit more expensive around here. We are not far enough along in our search to be into the bargaining stage yet so I guess we will see what the real price will be soon enough. It does look nice on the inside, seems dry but there are a few t hings that caught my eye that would need looking into. We have a bit more looking to do so that we can narrow things down to a few boats then we can see about picking one for a survey.

Capt Tom, checked out your website, very nice looking Columbia, I may check out a Columbia 29, late 60s model that caught my eye. He's asking over 10k for it so that seems a little pricey, maybe it will be really nice.

Thanks all for the replies, I still haven't found much on the Nightingale or the Windward 28 online though.

primerate84 06-01-2011 03:49 PM

Look for some Catalina 30's around that age. If you have to do some work on it, you will at least have a good source through Catalina Direct and an active owner's group. Good luck. Remember, it is a buyer's market and there are plenty of boats available.

aeronca 06-01-2011 04:26 PM

Have not found any Catalina 30s around here for anywhere close to our price range, can't even remember seeing but 1 or 2 at all and one was at least twice the top or our price range. But if I could they do look very nice.

Faster 06-01-2011 04:29 PM

I'm sure you've done this... but here's a PNW search for 26-30 under $20K

(Sail) Cruiser/Racer Boats For Sale

May be some food for thought here.

JeffBurright 02-02-2013 07:36 PM

Re: Nightingale 30
Holy cow! I own a Nightingale 30 sloop and I thought it was the only one he ever made! I know this is an old thread, but I'd be curious to know if the original poster ever picked up this boat. I'd love to compare notes.

Fred Hutchinson 07-24-2016 04:12 PM

Re: Nightingale 30
I have a Nightingale 24 that I am currently restoring. I'd love to learn more about these boats. I would especially be interested in any interior pictures anyone may have of the 24 or the 30. Happy sailing!

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