It looks like a Rawson
30. These are very strong boats that have sailed almost everywhere but they are utilitarian boats not Hinckleys. Most were owner completed so fit and finish ranges from exquisite to grossly poor. Equipment
list sounds good but condtion of sails
has to be determined. If it's no big deal to fly up to Fiji
to check it out, take a thoroughly knowledgable friend with you and check her out. The asking price
seems fair but not a bargain. Rawson
30's can be had on the US West Coat for under $5,000 in poor condition to close to $20,000 for a really nice one.
is not a terribly bad place to learn to sail. There are a lot of reefs
in places you'd least expect them. A GPS
and good charts
and knowing how to use and read them is a necessity. Area is subject to Tropical Cyclones so not a place to be in your winter outside of a good hidey hole and there are few of them around. Other than that conditions are pretty benign with hundreds of Islands to visit and 100s of anchorages
. If you go up after the cyclone season is over and do a lot of daysailing out of a marina learning
the boat and how to navigate it before going too far afield, you should be fine. There's a marina next door to First Landing resort on Viti Levu that seems pretty secure. They've got hurricane
pits on shore and the marina seems well sheltered. There are good connections to everywhere via Nadi Airport
so would seem a good place to base yourself at first.
a boat in SoPac and cruising off into the sunset is not a venture without negative consequences. If you have someone, professional surveyor
or friend who is really knowledgable, look the boat over and you listen to what he has to say, you should be okay as far as the boat is concerned. Learning
how to sail it is something that only time, study and practice will accomplish.