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Changing over to a wheel would be pretty simple. The tiller attachment point would stay, and be the emergancy steering if the wheel linkage was lost.

BUT, I would not rule this boat out due to a tiller, the wheel in these boats takes up a lot of cockpit room, so when at the dock, you raise the tiller to the back stay, the area the wheel takes up, is not sitting room, increasing you ability to go from 3-4 in the cockpit to 6-7 very comfortable.

A draw back, there are a few less options when it comes to self steering mechanisms. BUT< the feel with a tiller is much better than a wheel as to how the boat is handling etc too. You are also limited to a pretty small wheel diam of about 20-24 maybe 30".

Also 34KE is pretty reasonable for that boat. Do watch and look for one issues that hits a lot of us with jeanneaus of that period, the foam backed vinyl hull/ceiling liner rots, ie foam, falls off and needs to be replace thru out. Not an easy task, but doable.

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Wheel v tiller

Hi

The Attalia is a very well balanced boat and a joy to sail with a tiller. Ideally it should have a tiller extension so that the helm can position him/herself to weather or to leeward depending on wind conditions. The cockpit is very ergonomic in terms of sitting in or out and bracing oneself when heeling. In F3 she goes to weather with full genoa and main in complete balance ie no weather or lee helm and I can leave the tiller to adjust a sheet or even go below for something without her wandering off track. This means too that she works well with an autopilot as the forces are low. I don't think that a wheel would be any advantage.

Regarding value for money much depends on what has been renewed aboard. There isn't a lot of difference between an early (say 1983) or late boat (1988) twenty odd years on. What matters is whether the engine, sails, rig, winches, upholstery, electronics etc have been renewed/replaced. I can't give an opinion as to whether E34,000 is a fair price. I think it might be mid range assuming some renewals /additions and good condition

I would be happy with that price for my 1984 which had a new Volvo 18 hp engine in 2004, Lewmar hatches, Harken ST winches, DSC VHF, Plotter, AIS, Navtex, EPIRB, 2011 main, cruising chute, 2010 Liferaft. I sail her in the Eastern Med for 4 months a year and I will be in Marmaris, Turkey in early June. If you are interested further you can call me on +353 87 244 6938.

Finally my interest in selling is not that I don't like the boat, I just want to buy bigger!

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Re: Jeanneau Attalia

Hi folks! I'm back after a 4 year hiatus. Still have Waymar, my trusty Attalia. Had the cutlass bearing replaced this pas summer, other than that....nada.

Looking to ship her down asap to Barbados, where i currently live. The sailing here is great and I plan to do alot of it. She was sailed in fresh water. Obviously she will be salt water from now on... Any advice? Diesel engine will be salt water cooled..any issues?
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Re: Jeanneau Attalia

Anybody know who this waymar83 person is?!?!?!?!?!?

saltwater......and the problem is?!?!?!?! not sure of what you speak of? my boat has been in saltwater since 85..........lets see here, other than losing a brain electron or two.....oh you mean the boat!

I can not think of anything, other than you will need/want zinc, not aluminum for electrolysis issues!

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Re: Jeanneau Attalia

Hey Marty!

We exchanged back in '08. I went off the reservation for a few years to settle a number of issues, including with Waymar. I am solidly grounded again and in a little place called Barbados. Waymar will join me next month. No I did not win the lottery and I still have to work. I've been here a year and have learned lots. As to Waymar, its not just the about saltwater, its also about the heat, mold - air circulation, boat on a mooring instead of a dock with water and shore power, etc... Barbados is not the San Juan Islands....

Looking forward to touching base again...
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Not sure if the Barbados is better than the SJ's or the other way around.......one is warmer than the other..............
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Re: Jeanneau Attalia

Dont think one is better than the other, I have not sailed enough here yet, but i do know than when the boat gets here, she will be 20 minutes from home

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I'll raise you 5 to 15 or a shade less! half a day to the SJ's! Olympics usually showing, cascades, rainer, baker, Pilchuck, glacier on a good day...........

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Re: Jeanneau Attalia

Humm....sound nice...how about a long weekend to St-lucia and the Pitons, or the Grenadines, or Martinique....(so far have only sailed back from St-Lucia so I'm speculating), but it was a beautiful 26hr sail, even if it was into the wind. Crystal clear water in the high 20s..or an afternoon sail up the West coast of Barbados, anchoring in 10-15ft of clear water, a quick swim...
By the way Friday night in Gros Islets St-lucia is outstanding...food, drink, music...a 10 minute walk from Rodney Bay Marina.
But I digress.. By the way if you do have tips on how to treat the boat in salt water (anything to do differently than fresh water?) that would be great. Also, anything i should get as spares that would a no-brainer now because in Kingston Ontario it is easy to get almost anything. Barbados not so much and its always three times the price.
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Re: Jeanneau Attalia

Mark,

Differences tween salt and fresh are pretty minor. Reality is, things are the same. With that said, yes there are differences. More like products you need to use.

My example above re zincs vs aluminum anodes. If you like hard paint, VC17 from what I understand from locals, is best if being kept in fresh vs VCOffshore is for salt water. Also cold vs warmer water will also affect the brand and style of paint choice as options will be different. Reality is, you still need paint every 2-3 yrs, application etc is the same, just a different type and style. Same with anodes.

You may find down there you have to dive your boat more, as the water is warmer, algae etc grows faster, more of them etc etc.

I would suggest making sure you iron keel has fresh epoxy on it. You may need to grind down to bare iron etc. If done recently, no real blister/rust issues, then you may be fine. If your boat has never had a recent since new eposy coat on the keel, now might be the time! Along with epoxy the fiberglass part too.

Reality, no real difference/issues. Other than you will not have to haul in the winter! Then again, I do not haul in the winter either, not that cold around here.

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