Hi Boracay, we went and had a look at the 1982 for $97K about two months ago, ok boat, fair price, but it needed some work (start again on the interior
IMHO, though the hull
seemed ok), but mainly it was the wrong layout.
The '85 42' is too much for me to even look at. No point, I'd just get some unreasonable expectations, forbidden fruit if you know what I mean.
Van De Stadt is a good idea, I'll look for some more of those, but the ones I have seen, like that one, are a fair way over my budget
. We had a late 60's 30 foot Van De Stadt for about ten years. Seaworthy
, but boy did it heal over. Really odd, by the time you had 10 knots of breeze, it was healling over at 20 degrees, then it would stay like that right up to 40knots with the same sail. I assume they are all like that? Mind you, it FELT safe, I had one knockdown in it (Port Phillip Bay, NASTY bit of water that!) and it came back up like a rocket. Stayed dry inside, even with everything open.
The one that shows as sold... good point, I noticed that it was still showing as available on the broker site, but I didn't bother calling them. I suppose I should give them the benefit of the doubt. I'll call them tomorrow. Silly really, it's been like that for at least two months now. Maybe it IS still for sale
.... It's right at the top of the budget
, but I reckon it will be a buyers market soon. Sadly. Sounds a bit predetory, I know, but that's life. I'm not out to rip anyone off, but I fear there's about to be a few distressed sales soon.
Mind you, some of the brokers... I went to look at something advertised as a 42 foot Roberts early in the year, it turned out to be something like a home built Alan Payne 36. When I asked him why he had put it in as a Roberts, he said he thought it must be a Roberts, it was home built. (And boy did it LOOK home built. I reckon it was the builders first time with a welder. EVERY seam I could see had been run continuously, end to end, without any stabilising tack welds. Wrinkle city! My overalls have fewer creases.)