Captain S/V Triumph
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Boston Yacht Haven
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Well, so far, in our boat shopping mission, we have travelled to Long Beach, Sab Diego, Kemah TX, and New Orleans. We have seen many Formosa 51s, Hudsons, and the other Taiwanese ketches on our radar. We even looked at the S/V Wanderer which was used in the sailing scenes of the Captain Ron movie. But, what we have learned is that even in this "economy", you still only get what you pay for. Which applies here in that these boats were asking anywhere from $75K to $125K, and all were absolutely beat.
Not to mention that most of these happened to not have the actual pilot house cockpit which we wanted in order to have the spacious aft cabin we wanted even more.
So, we regrouped, and upped our budget to $200K, and have found THE perfect boat for us. The Ta Chiao CT 54 ketch.
Now, from what we have learned, these vary substantially from boat to boat, depending upon how much involvement there was during the original build process by the initial owner / customer.
Some people have tried to draw a line in the sand and say that pre 1981 TC 54s are "Leeky Teekys", but some further detective work leads back to the amount of owner involvement with the build process being the real delineator between a well built, and a not so well built TC 54.
We have found about a half a dozen of these boats for sale; and they are scattered from the VIs to Europe. And all of them are roughly in the $250K asking price range.
So, apparently we have to go look at all of them to pick one, then we can focus on that one to try to negotiate as far down as possible.
IF, by any chance, any of you people happen to know of a Ta Chiao CT 54 ketch for sale, even if she has a blown engine, I would REALLY APPRECIATE the reference!