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Yamaha 29

Hello all.

I know of a 1978 Yamaha 29 with center cockpit for sale. Only 55 were produced for a french designer.

Anyone know of this boat? Has the original 1 stroke Yanmar diesel.

IF this was a good, sought after boat, the limited number might hold up the resale value. From what I've heard, its very good for cruising and is very spacious and intelligently laid out for it's size.

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Yamaha built very good boats, although they are a bit rare and obscure. Both Yamaha and Dufour (their French connection) used fiberglass as a new material, taking advantage of its design flexibility when most other builders were building fiberglass copies of previous wooden boats. Most Yamahas are unique and not easily confused with other designs. There are quite a few Yamaha boats on the west coast, the 30 probably being the most common.
The engine is listed as a 12 hp Yanmar and that would be a 2 cylinder I believe, 4 stroke.

I don't know how sought after the 29 is - not exactly a beauty contest winner but looks to be a well designed hull. With any boat that age condition is the most important influence on resale price.

At least the engine is under the cockpit (I think), on the 30 it is under the V-berth forward.

Get a survey for sure.

What is the asking price?

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Sorry I didn't get back sooner.

Asking price is 10k. Looks to be in good condition, but it has absolutely no navigational equipment. Not even a compass.

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Compasses aren't too expensive. How about the engine, rig, keel - how are they? And are the decks soft anywhere?

A survey will inform you of the condition.

You should inspect as well as you can before paying for a survey. Here is a link to the how-to of a pre-survey inspection.
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I haven't actually seen or inspected the boat. Was just wondering about Y29.

Here it is on Youtube:

‪30' YAMAHA Sail Boat - Yamaha Sailboat 30' FOR SALE!‬‏ - YouTube

Looks like a good boat to go to get away from the wife and kids.

Slip is 300 a month.

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It looks in good condition. Probably a good sailing boat. It is not a sought after boat though, more oddball than anything in layout. Not as roomy as other boats the same size and lacking in full headroom as well in some areas. The boat is in Hawaii - are you?

There are many hundreds of good boats for sale, most more conventional that would appeal to more people on resale. I would think twice before purchasing a boat that will appeal to so few.
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Brian,

Yes, I am on Oahu.

The head room is quite low. Boat was built for the japanese market.

The problem here is the lack of slips to park the boat. Maybe I'll go the trailerable route. Problem there is I live in a townhouse condo. Don't even know if I can park a 20 footer or not. I could moor it in kane'ohe bay and swim out to it. Maybe hire some marines to guard it when I'm not there. :-)

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Here is a Yachtworld search of sailboats in Hawaii from 10k to 20k.
(Sail) Boats For Sale Hawaii HI
There is a Catalina 30 and a Cal 29 that both look good and others as well.
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Brian,

Yes, been to that site and saw those boats. The Cal 29 was dropped from 17,900.

Problem is finding a slip. Very frustrating. The Cal 29 is in a slip costing over 500 a month. Maybe I should just get a smaller boat and be "trailer sailer trash" (meant as a joke!). There are numerous free boat launches in hawaii, just drove by one today. Nobody in sight. Could have launched and sailed away.

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