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laHolland 10-22-2010 08:51 AM

The Bombay Clipper looks like a beautiful boat, but it's out of our price range, and there aren't any available in this area anyway. Boat shopping in our price range is all about what's currently available within 200 miles. The cost to ship a boat would amount to potentially over 25% of the sale price, which just seems silly. :)

laHolland 10-22-2010 09:05 AM

Thanks for the info about the stanchions and cabin liner, msmith, I'll check it out before we make a final decision.

The Yanmar on the C&C doesn't have an engine hours meter, so we have no way of knowing how much it has been run. It looks like it's in excellent condition, no signs of obvious corrosion, oil/filters are clean, no drips. But I know next to nothing about this stuff. It's a 2QM15.

DulceSuerna 10-25-2010 06:03 AM

We were told ours did not have an hour meter, and upon Very close inspection there is a tiny hour meter on the bottom of our Tach that almost blends in perfectly with the outer border . Extremely hard to see unless you are eye to eye with it. We were pleasantly surprised to see 433 hours on it.

mitiempo 10-25-2010 12:02 PM

If the boat doesn't have an hour meter a good estimate would be 50 to 100 hours a year x engine age.

OKCUBye 10-25-2010 01:30 PM

i have a 1972 Morgan 30/2...absolutely LOVE it. Sails circles around everything in my marina, if you can balance the spinnaker just right (which i often do), i can sail it without the tiller pilot, and it maintains a straight line. i like the boat so much that i've put about $20K into it over the last 5 years. People tell me i'm nuts, but i'm not ever intending on selling, and i've never been in anything in the size range that's better or more reliable. That 11'6" beam gives loads of room below, too! Sorry to disagree with other postings here, but i've sailed on all of your choices, and i'd buy the Morgan over the others, and take the difference between the prices and put it back into the'll end up with a better boat (IMHO)...

laHolland 10-27-2010 09:42 AM

Bummer.. we made an offer on the C&C but the owner took the boat off the market. I guess they realized they had a nice boat and didn't want to let it go. Oh well.

When we looked at the Morgan this weekend we found that the cabin wasn't in very good shape but the sails were brand-spanking new. The motor was an issue; it started up but then sputtered out and left a diesel film on the water. So I think it's a no-go.

msmith10 10-27-2010 07:21 PM

That's too bad about the C&C, but good that you found problem with the Morgan before you bought it. Don't worry- good used boats are anything but scarce. Also, you were able to eliminate the Morgan before spending money on a survey. Once you've decided a boat passes your inspection, then find a surveyor to look it over. If the survey indicates a passable boat, it will often find enough problems (problems that you may be willing to accept) to negotiate the purchase price down enough to cover the cost of the survey.

mitiempo 10-30-2010 11:39 PM

11'6" is almost a foot wider than a Catalina 30, a wide boat in its own right. Some would prefer a narrower boat with a bit less room but with a more balanced waterline when heeled.

fstuart 10-16-2012 01:37 AM

Re: Morgan 30/2, C&C 30, Newport 30 Mark III
I upgraded from a CAl 2-27 to a Newport 30. I like the Newport better but the Cal was a drier boat and certainly as solid It never slammed a wave and the Newport has but I like the Newport better, better looking handles great is more comfortable, 3',and goes a touch faster
I have the Newport in stiff winds and it did fine A little better balanced

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