Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 10-03-2009, 18:39   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 39
Albin Ballad 30

Anybody have any thoughts on this boat, specifically for bluewater cruising?
__________________

__________________
scm007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2009, 14:56   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 39
Anyone?
__________________

__________________
scm007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2009, 15:10   #3
Registered User
 
svHyLyte's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Tampa Bay area, USA
Boat: Beneteau First 42
Posts: 3,417
Images: 25
See Preloved | uk albin ballad - yachts and motorsailers reviews
__________________
"It is not so much for its beauty that the Sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
svHyLyte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-03-2009, 06:56   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: La la Land
Boat: 37' Oyster Heritage
Posts: 410
I used to have a Ballad. Nice boat, stiff as a church, good turn of speed, quicker than a Contessa 32 and more room inside to boot.

There are a couple of structural issues to be aware of: Look carefully at the bulkheads. Albin had a dotty system for tying them into the hull. Rather than glass them in over a top hat section ring frame, they are bolted to a flange.

The bolts work loose and the bulkhead moves. Also, pull away the woodwork round the mast step. There's a steel plate down here, covered in glass, which over time spalls away. Leaving the mast to descend through the bottom of the boat. Well, it did on mine. Sold her as a repair project. Broke my heart, she sold for 4,000 and had 7,000 worth of new sails.

I was planning an Atlantic circuit with her till the failure. I feel she would have made a reasonable cruiser, for a couple, though you would have to watch that you didn't overload her. Those vast cockpit lockers could accommodate a mountain of junk! The original 10hp Volvo is a bit puny.

Other Euro boats of a similar style worth consideration are: Waquiez Centurion 32 and the Scampi.
__________________
sestina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-04-2009, 14:00   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 1
hi I sell 5 sails for an albin ballad: 2 jibs, 2 genois, 1 tourmentin
the sails are in Belgium, at Brussels.
if you are interested, I can send you the measurements.
see you
__________________
jackylelfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-04-2009, 08:47   #6
cruiser

Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 506
That is a great boat, strong and good looking. It should sail just fine.
I have an Albin Cirrus 7.8 and I love it. They don't build small boats in the US the way the Swedes build them.

If the Ballad is in good shape I can't imagine why you would not enjoy this boat.
__________________
bob perry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-04-2010, 20:55   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: TEXAS
Boat: Albin Ballad 30 "SIPANGO"
Posts: 6
Images: 1
I have had my Ballad since 1989. the only thing wrong with the Ballad is my bad maintenance, and age. I have sailed Lake Conroe, and the Gulf of Mexico with no problems. It is a stiff boat, it sails great and is very comfortable, is easy to work on, and built well. I am on the hard at the moment, new Beta 16, new Flexfold prop, and fresh paint. Oh yeh, my only complaint is the original Gel coat, and the Vovo.
I am impressed with Mr. Perry's comments, he is someone I look up to.
__________________
Cran is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 05:56   #8
Marine Service Provider
 
captsam54's Avatar

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Somewhere in the Caribbean
Boat: Custom 70' Sportfish
Posts: 338
30, Albin Ballad

I have my 30, Albin Ballad up for sale on eBay for $5,500.00 need a new engine, but other than that is in good condition and no mast step problems..!!
__________________
Professional Captain.. 100 ton power sail tow since 1984 STCW, TWIC, and MMI
captsam54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2010, 20:26   #9
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: TEXAS
Boat: Albin Ballad 30 "SIPANGO"
Posts: 6
Images: 1
Cran here, my Albin, "SIPANGO" is back in the water and looking good. The Beta 16 is great, and everything is working out. Prop is good, just waiting on Santa for new sails. Merry Christmas and good sailing. Drop me a note if you want.
__________________
Cran is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2010, 08:47   #10
Marine Service Provider
 
captsam54's Avatar

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Somewhere in the Caribbean
Boat: Custom 70' Sportfish
Posts: 338
Post some pic's.. I would like to see one all gussied up and in good condition..!! I sold mine to a fellow from Miami for $4500.00. It is over in Dinner Key now, and he is working on it..
__________________
Professional Captain.. 100 ton power sail tow since 1984 STCW, TWIC, and MMI
captsam54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2010, 17:53   #11
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Boat: Albin Ballad; 1978; 30'-00" "SVINT II"
Posts: 87
Images: 6
Hi Guys.
I have had my Ballad now for the past five years up in Nova Scotia Canada. Last years is the year that we've used it most, but only for coastal sai;ling and the longest trip was only about 6 hrs. Next year I hope to use tghe boat a lot more. Right now the boat is hauled out for the winter and I hope to get some work done on her... e.g. remove the old vinyl interion and replace it with the original vinyl glued to a cork backing, which in turn will be glued to the inside of the hull.... I hope it is going to work as the vinyl has started coming away from the hull where the original foam backing has broken down.
I love the boat but would prefer to have something around 36-38ft in length..... any comments?
__________________
When I'm not around, look at the horizon, that's where you'll find me.
Vic de Beer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2010, 21:39   #12
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: TEXAS
Boat: Albin Ballad 30 "SIPANGO"
Posts: 6
Images: 1
CRAN here, yes I would love a bigger boat, BUT.... Can't have everything. As for the vinyl I ripped it all out and replaced with plastic laminate in the main saloon, the V-berth got tounge& groove quarter inch pine. When it's not so late, I will tell you more.
__________________
Cran is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2010, 07:55   #13
Marine Service Provider
 
captsam54's Avatar

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Somewhere in the Caribbean
Boat: Custom 70' Sportfish
Posts: 338
I actually saw one.. A 36-38 Albin Nimbus... On eBay or Boat U.S. classifieds I think..
__________________
Professional Captain.. 100 ton power sail tow since 1984 STCW, TWIC, and MMI
captsam54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-12-2010, 18:08   #14
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: TEXAS
Boat: Albin Ballad 30 "SIPANGO"
Posts: 6
Images: 1
Cran here, check out our Albin Ballad, SIPANGO. As I get better at this,I will upload more photos. Cran out.
__________________
Cran is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-05-2011, 19:39   #15
Registered User

Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4
Re: Albin Ballad 30

I have an Albin Ballad for sale: $8500.
__________________

__________________
Alvarez is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale: Albin Vega 27 Bill NH Classifieds Archive 8 22-08-2009 11:52
Albin Vega unbusted67 Monohull Sailboats 19 16-08-2009 05:12
27' Albin Vega for Sale in Fiji mcvouty Classifieds Archive 7 26-12-2008 13:49
Albin Vega 3 blade prop recommendations? Chief Engineer Propellers & Drive Systems 1 29-09-2008 09:16
Albin Vega 27 for sale Bill NH Classifieds Archive 0 14-09-2008 09:00



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 21:12.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.