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Re: First Boat for Family of Six (in Oz)

I've made some progress and learnt a few things. Was hoping to have some good news before returning to the subject with my findings, hence me being quiet for a little bit. I'm a bit buggered at the moment (was just heading off to bed), but will update the thread with some details tomorrow.
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Re: First Boat for Family of Six (in Oz)

Good News?? Way to leave us hanging!!!!
Look forward to your update.
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Re: First Boat for Family of Six (in Oz)

Sorry, I don't HAVE good news I'm afraid. I was simply hoping to have some good news before updating. You know us first yacht buyers, so full of optimism that reality is a hard slap to the face

OK, I've looked at a few boats now and looked into a few more models based on suggestions and where they took us in our queries. I'll summarise below

Bonbridge 27 sails beautifully, reasonable cockpit, and doesn't have a look that makes one cringe in shame sailing it (in fact, I think she looks pretty nice). That said, she had a couple of downsides - namely that even sleeping two would feel like camping (though she has the berths, they are not what one would call comfortable).

Carter 33 looks nice both in & out and she can move on the water quite nicely. Thing is, from what I saw and what I've been able to gather, she really needs two people to sail her well. Someone more experienced than me might be able to single-sail her, but I'm nowhere near as experienced as some long-horns around here and my wife even less so.

Columbia 34 boats are pretty damned sweet and, honestly, I could definitely see us on one. I've heard great reports but I haven't found one that was below $50K. I'm no financial whiz so stretching my budget that far is a feat left for after turning my water into wine

Southern Ocean 32 is looking good. The only one that fits the price range though has dropped another $10K recently though which worries the hell out of me. Especially when the dealer is advertising it as needing TLC.

Which brings me back to the Clansman 30. I recently got to take a trip out on one of these boats and I must say I am kind of impressed. She looks nice, seems to sail well without much in the way needing the second person on board (especially to windward), and roomy enough for the camping/sailing we intend to do. Though I'm not 100% certain about it, I'm comfortable enough now to have told the accountant to work out how we extract $30K from the business without too much tax implications

Trust me - when I have "good news" of the yacht buying type - I'll be sending a post from my phone before the ink is dry on the bill of sale
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Re: First Boat for Family of Six (in Oz)

Good to hear your making some progress Bent,

FWIW I think you might be able to get a Columbia 34 a little cheaper than the 50k asking, there is never any harm in making an offer...... but 30k might be a bit of a stretch.

Clansmans are really beautiful boats to sail, sigh If I had my time over again, I would go back and slap my 21 old self and tell him to buy a Clansman and sail the Pacific.
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Re: First Boat for Family of Six (in Oz)

Hi BenT! I'm a bit late to this party (for various reasons including too much real work to do) but am glad you're seriously thinking of buying a REAL boat.

If you're looking at a Clansman, perhaps it'd be worth looking at an older Northshore or a Duncanson for much the same $$$?? ..or there's a nice timber Nicholson 32 for sale in Brisbane

Hopefully whatever you do get will be good enough for the HCW.. to save Old Fuzzy the trip north.
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Re: First Boat for Family of Six (in Oz)

Thread necro time!

With the "camping" aspect in mind, I've come across a Van Der Stadt MAESTRO 31 in my price range. Looks very nice but I've never sailed one nor have (yet) talked to someone who has. Does anyone know what these boats are like?

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With the "camping" aspect in mind, I've come across a Van Der Stadt MAESTRO 31 in my price range. Looks very nice but I've never sailed one nor have (yet) talked to someone who has. Does anyone know what these boats are like?
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Not a lot of information on them but it looks like a small version of our old girl which I'd reckon is not a bad thing. I'd be interested to see underwater design and interior layout but at the right price and depending on condition could be a nice boat. GRP ?

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Re: First Boat for Family of Six (in Oz)

Yeah, GRP and looks to be in reasonable condition from the details I've seen. Of course, I've seen some advertisements showing pictures that look nothing like their current condition, so there is still the possibility she's barely floating but so far so good.
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Yeah, GRP and looks to be in reasonable condition from the details I've seen. Of course, I've seen some advertisements showing pictures that look nothing like their current condition, so there is still the possibility she's barely floating but so far so good.

Are you suggesting that some advertisers play fast and loose with the truth ? Oh Pshaw.
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Re: First Boat for Family of Six (in Oz)

Speaking of shallow water: Something a little out of left-field that might be ideal for your sailing grounds is an old Couta Boat. There are plenty for sale at good prices.

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