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1 Week Ago 11:15 PM
Laura Allen
Re: Bombay Clipper 31

Thanks FarCry that's a great suggestion. I hope a VI passage is in our future for next year! Do the current owners of FarCry post on any sailing forums? Would love to connect with them. Any other Bombay forums you know of?
Cheers!
1 Week Ago 11:12 PM
Laura Allen
Re: Bombay Clipper 31

Thanks roverhi! No quarterberth only two settees; and no passages YET! We are still looking at other boat interiors for inspiration.
3 Weeks Ago 05:19 PM
FarCry
Re: Bombay Clipper 31

Quote:
Originally Posted by Laura Allen View Post
Hi all, we are new to sailing and in Central Florida. We just bought a 1978 Bombay Clipper 31. Previous owner had done tons of outside work to her, lovely paint job, bottom job, no blisters, deck repainted and sound, engine rebuilt, new tanks, plus new sails never opened, SS portlights...tons of extras, we just have to put her back together. ;-)

We mainly need to work on interior and will have her out of water for a couple months working on her in a boatyard. We are thinking of removing the settee on the starboard side and extending the galley counter and storage along the whole length. There are only two of us so we think we'll still have plenty of room. Week long river trips and Intracoastal till we get familiar with her.

Any other interior (or other) upgrades that you'd recommend?

Far Cry is a gorgeous girl and an inspiration for our BC!
Hi Laura. Welcome to Sailnet. Thank you for the compliments directed to my previous sailboat. If you are just after more counter space, I would look at a hinged shelf that could come up behind the galley or beside it. We spent a lot of time using both settees when it was raining outside and needed them when friends went on trips with us. Good luck with your new boat and if you ever make it down to the Virgin Islands, please look me up!
3 Weeks Ago 11:03 AM
roverhi
Re: Bombay Clipper 31

Not familiar at all with the boats interior but will your mod's mean no sea berth on that side of the boat?? Not a big deal if you'll be at anchor every night but a pain for ocean passages unless you like sleeping on the sole.
3 Weeks Ago 10:08 PM
Laura Allen
Re: Bombay Clipper 31

Hi all, we are new to sailing and in Central Florida. We just bought a 1978 Bombay Clipper 31. Previous owner had done tons of outside work to her, lovely paint job, bottom job, no blisters, deck repainted and sound, engine rebuilt, new tanks, plus new sails never opened, SS portlights...tons of extras, we just have to put her back together. ;-)

We mainly need to work on interior and will have her out of water for a couple months working on her in a boatyard. We are thinking of removing the settee on the starboard side and extending the galley counter and storage along the whole length. There are only two of us so we think we'll still have plenty of room. Week long river trips and Intracoastal till we get familiar with her.

Any other interior (or other) upgrades that you'd recommend?

Far Cry is a gorgeous girl and an inspiration for our BC!
08-20-2013 11:21 AM
FarCry
Re: Bombay Clipper 31

OK, I thought you were looking for guns or other boarding deterrents for your security.

So what was the outcome? Did you buy her? If so, where are the photos? What are your plans?
08-11-2013 12:11 AM
contracorriente
Re: Bombay Clipper 31

safety equipment - life raft, life vests.. the only actual ´things´inside are the engine, the main, the gib, a spinnaker, a gps, and a depth finder. not even the propane tank for the stove.

I wasn´t planning on hiring a surveyor. I´ve had about 6 long time seamen check it out inside out and they came with me sailing on it as well. all agreed it was in good shape. still will take it out of the water in the next few months.
08-10-2013 01:54 PM
FarCry
Re: Bombay Clipper 31

What is security equipment?

Your list of concerns seems pretty complete to me. Have you concerned hiring a surveyor?
08-09-2013 05:24 PM
contracorriente
Re: Bombay Clipper 31

Alright FarCry, I'm meeting with the owner on sunday to buy the boat! I tested it on the water with some experienced captains and it sails beautifully. The sails are a little bit old, but still in good shape. The engine sounded fine. it has a gps and a depth finder. Totally stripped off of all security equipment, so i'll have to get all that new. But the boat is in great shape, upholstery new.

Anyway, i wanted to ask you if you had anything to add to this already comprehensive checklist that i'm taking with me.

Thanks!!

Does it have bottom paint?

What kind of bottom paint? Brand? How many gallons needed? When last applied?

Size of zincs. When last changed.

Type / brand of oil. When last changed.

Fuel Filters: type and when last changed.

Raw water impellor. When last changed

Engine manuals

Any other instruction manuals and installation for everything from the VHF radio, the chartplotter, to the microwave.

Any spare parts he won't need on his next boat

How much fuel can she carry?

How much water?

Is everything that was listed actually on the boat?

Where's the storm sail?

Where's that second propane tank?

Where's the fuel shutoff?

What's the trick to opening this hatch?

Anything you need to remember to turn on or turn off before you get underway? (Example: water heater)

What should I know about this boat that I don't even know that I don't know?

Any particular mechanic or yard he would recommend who would be familiar with the boat.

Why kind of canvass does it have? How old is the canvas?

With whom is the boat insured?

What's this knob on the helm do that has no label?

Show me where all the through hull valves are and what each one does - take notes.

Does she have a left hand or right hand prop?

How do we reef the main?

What's that funny noise she makes when you put her in reverse?

Condition of engine and outdrive?

How was the boat used (Inshore? Offshore? Fishing? Pleasure? Freshwater? Saltwater?)

How many hours on the engine/outdrive?

Has the boat ever sat unused for any length of time?

What repairs have been done?

What things require repair or maintenance right now?

How was the boat maintained? Do you have all of the maintenance records?

Condition of deck, upholstery and interior?

How is the hull and exterior cosmetics?

Are there any blisters or dry rot?

Does it include a dinghy (condition of dinghy)?

Is it all original fiberglass and graphics?

How has the boat been stored?

Has the boat ever been left in the water on a regular basis? (stored at a marina, dock or at anchor?)

Has the boat ever been in an accident?

What other accessories are included?

Do you have clear title to the boat?

Are you the boat’s only owner or are there partners?

Has the boat ever been safety inspected? If so, when?

What else would you like me to know about the boat?

If electronics are included, what condition are they in?
What types of electronics does it have?
Any transferable warranties on any of the items?

- Why are you selling the boat?

- What do you really like about the boat?

- What do you really NOT like about the boat?

- What's the worst problem you ever had with this boat?
07-27-2013 12:45 PM
FarCry
Re: Bombay Clipper 31

Quote:
Originally Posted by contracorriente View Post
Alright, I'm going to sail it tomorrow to test drive it so i'm excited!

The last question is in regards to off shore navigation. Have you owners spent much time sailing this vessel off shore? And one specific question to all: would you sail this vessel across the pacific ocean? I live in Panama and would probably think about crossing the canal and going across the Pacific eventually. Can this boat handle it? By everything mentioned, it would take it much longer than a lot of other boats, but would it make it? Or is that kind of voyage too taxing for this kind of boat?

Thanks!
I have not spent a lot of time offshore on a BC31.

I've never sailed in the Pacific and have no idea what conditions one might encounter on the way. It's my understanding that you would be going downwind mostly and or motoring. Would I sail my old BC31 across that pond? Maybe... I would have no doubts my BC31 would survive the trip. She had survived numerous hurricanes in the water here. I've sailed her in some rough conditions, others above have done the same with theirs. All things being equal, there is a large list of other boats I would prefer to make the trip on. If I was going to live on the boat once I got someplace, then I might lean more towards it. For a 31' boat there is a lot of interior room. I'm not sure anybody can fully answer your questions without knowing your budget, the existing condition of the vessel you are looking at, the amount it would cost to get her passage ready, your skill level, your schedule, your crew, your long term plan once across, your minimum comfort level, etc. I believe a properly setup BC31 could go most anywhere the crew wished to take her just as I suspect nearly any boat of that era would be "able" to make it most anywhere.
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