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Re: Advice please - 30' Rawson Sloop
Interesting set of photos.. some new gear, some obviously not so new.
New rig, that's a plus.. newish engine too, another plus. the cabin heater is a throw-away but with a diesel stove like that you'll rarely need the heater anyway.
These are fairly solid, kinda roomy, but slooow boats but for a one or two person liveaboard you might do worse. This one does not appear to have the bowsprit extension modification, a common one that alleviated some of this designs rather nasty weather helm tendencies - a shame, since the re-rig would have been the time to address that.
The rest of it looks kind of rough so I'm guessing there'll be some considerable TLC, but it's hard to tell from the not-so-great pics. The presence of the cover is at least an indication that someone wanted to look after it, I suppose. .. and a little haggling and you've got it for the price of the engine alone, almost.
From a pure west coast liveaboard perspective I'd be looking at a Catalina 30 before a Rawson, more comfort, perhaps a tad less headroom but would have to compare to be sure. And it's a better coastal cruiser for the time between now and your adventures.
Anyhow, good luck in your quest, and welcome to Sailnet.
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Last edited by Faster; 04-24-2012 at 07:09 PM.