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Old 27-08-2015, 12:32   #1
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Any Bombay Pilot House Owners out there?

My wife and I recently purchased a 1977 Bombay Trading Co Pilot house 31' and we love it but apparently these boats must be rare as hens teeth at least when looking on the internet. I believe I may have found 4 others in all my searching. Hopefully this doesnt meant he rest of them sank! LOL! Anyway, would love to hear from other owners if there are any around!
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Old 28-08-2015, 03:56   #2
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Re: Any Bombay Pilot House Owners out there?

Congrats, they are great big little boats. We had a regular 31 shoal draft We did complete refit on. Got caught in the worst storm wed been in on her and she held up great. Island packet bought the molds in the mid 80s and their 31's sell for about double for pretty much the same boat
The pilot houses were much rarer.
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Old 28-08-2015, 04:11   #3
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Old 28-08-2015, 06:08   #4
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Any idea on the number of Pilot houses produced? They sure seem few and far between. We absolutely love ours.
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Old 28-08-2015, 10:59   #5
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Any idea on the number of Pilot houses produced? They sure seem few and far between. We absolutely love ours.
Well, we love ours.
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Old 28-08-2015, 11:02   #6
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Very Nice! What make is she?
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Old 28-08-2015, 11:22   #7
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Re: Any Bombay Pilot House Owners out there?

We looked at one closely a number of years ago when we bought a Cape Dory 300 and it seems they are probably as rare with under 50 built based upon the number that come on the market.

I had to search for it, but there is a blog on one here that I remembered reading a few years ago. http://www.sailingthesanjuans.com/p/bombay-pilothouse-31-project.html


I liked the boat and it seemed built really well except the interior finish was lacking, but seemed it made up for it in fiberglass. The owners loved the boat and cruised it for a year through the Gulf, Bahamas and East Coast. Only complaint was the engine was a little under-powered.

You will like the Pilothouse and it is a super comfortable way to spend days running the ditch or comfortable sails when few others are out.

For that era and size, there were a few builders who tried the Pilothouse, but it never had a wide appeal on the American boats. Watkins, Morgan, Cape Dory, and Gulf are the ones that come to mind. Watkins 27 and Morgan OI 33 were really houses thrown on existing hulls, Cape Dory 300 has no non-pilot sister, but essentially a house with a large open aft deck. The Bombay and Gulf were designed closer to the European and even Canadian boats like the LM, Beneteau Evasion, Fisher, etc.

Though our new boat is not a Pilothouse, I really do miss it for many reasons.
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Re: Any Bombay Pilot House Owners out there?

Just seeing this thread now. We are proud owners of a 1978 BP 31. Love her for size and comfort. Have the larger 3cyl yanmar so no problems with power. About a year into refit and starting finally to get at some cosmetics.
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Old 22-06-2016, 14:38   #9
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Just found this thread. I bought a Bombay Pilothouse a year and half ago a lot of boat for the money. I added a Auto pilot makes her real easy to single hand. Good to see other new owners out there.

I uploaded a pic of a swim platform added to one, not mine, but would be nice in these hot Texas summers
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Old 22-06-2016, 14:42   #10
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Spent night on ours last night with grandsons 9 and 5. Woke early this morning to a beautiful Charleston weather and sailing morning so we untied and took off. Sailed about 5 hours with a couple of stops. I would agree that a swim platform is a nice add. I am considering it but with temps getting into mid and upper 90s around here the window for aggressive boat projects has largely closed. I wil probably wait until cooler Fall weather.
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Old 22-06-2016, 14:44   #11
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Oh and I see that BP 31 on yachtworld from whence comes the swim platform pic. Asking originally was $44k. Wow! I know they arent cheap if you can find them but that seems pretty steep...
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Old 22-06-2016, 14:58   #12
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Yeah pretty steep but according to the ad it has been totally restored, which ain't cheap
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Old 13-07-2016, 22:59   #13
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We have now lived on ours just shy of a year and recently sailed her from Long Beach MS to Marathon. She did quite well. We saw occasional 8 ft seas which she handled quite well. She is a comfortable boat which we plan on keeping for a long time.

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