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Old 21-03-2013, 19:30   #1
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Just moved down to Australia (Perth) and having to learn a whole new range/brand of boats. Seeing a lot more steel hulls. Looking to purchase a boat in the future for solo/shorthanding cruising and support my other passion, snorkeling/scuba. Thinking about something in the 26 to 42 ft range.

Any recommendation on boats for sailing in OZ? Van De Stadt? Roberts?

Any advice welcomed.

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Old 22-03-2013, 19:37   #2
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Van de Stadt has a good reputation for general build quality and design (decent sailing qualities). Roberts boats are more variable. Many of them are home-built, so materials and construction quality can be great or horrible - and anywhere in between. The concern with steel in general: rust never sleeps. If you're diving on reefs, however, steel's toughness and pliability can be a good thing when the boat decides it wants to see the coral up close too.
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Old 23-03-2013, 04:54   #3
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, marktre.
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Welcome Aboard marktre . Make sure you get a berth with the boat if buy in Perth - otherwise very difficult to find one (like very very difficult).
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Thanks for the feeback. Any other boats I should be looking out for/in to?
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Old 27-03-2013, 01:44   #6
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an adams 40 is a fantastic boat roomy sail well
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Old 02-04-2013, 18:01   #7
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Re: mark

I'll endorse the recommendation for Adams boats too... a good designer, underrated outside of Australia. Again, many Adams boats are home-built, so build quality can vary.

Alos look out for Jim Young designs (Young 88, for example), Lidgard, Elliot... all pretty popular in Australia (& NZ).

There are still plenty of the Bene / Junneau / Bavaria time European production boats around too.

Check out Yachts & Boats for Sale in Australia & New Zealand | Yachthub for a good overview of boats for sale in Oz
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