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Old 29-10-2014, 14:29   #61
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Re: Best buy in a solid cruising boat (go anywhere, $30k or less)

There is a Bristol Channel Cutter on YachtWorld for $29,000. By far the lowest price I've ever seen on my favorite cruising sailboat. I know it's 28' but that's LOD. It's 34' LOA & displaces 14,000 lbs which means it's really a pretty big boat & a true blue water cruiser.
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Old 29-10-2014, 16:05   #62
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Tavana 33. Proper little classic yacht. Solidly built. Sails great. Traditional design so not overly roomy below, but good functional layout. Uncommon.

Hunter 37 Cutter. Not your typical Hunter. Strong, stiff, and sails great. Traditional layout below, but comfortable. Cult-like following from current and former owners (including me). Several listed on YW around $30K.
Theres a Glander Tavana 33 for sale near Daytona Beach, $16k, or maybe $18k. They were built in the Keys so are centerboard and shallow draft, but well built. Good coastal/Bahamas cruiser.

I met two Brits in Florida ten years ago who had come to the states specifically to buy a Hunter 37 cutter. They outfitted it in Titusville and sailed it back to England.
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I have no probs with the triton other than it's a bit small for full time living aboard. I will probably take a trip to Canada on her next summer and then stick around for a couple of years working and saving for something bigger.

This looks like a possibly good http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=161465744414


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There is a Bristol Channel Cutter on YachtWorld for $29,000. By far the lowest price I've ever seen on my favorite cruising sailboat. I know it's 28' but that's LOD. It's 34' LOA & displaces 14,000 lbs which means it's really a pretty big boat & a true blue water cruiser.

Not finding it. Did it sell already? Sounds like maybe a mess at that price?


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Old 30-10-2014, 10:57   #65
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Just search Bristol Channel Cutter in the sailboat heading on Yachtworld. It comes up at the top of the second page. It's in Maryland & looks great in the pictures although I've looked at a lot of boats that didn't live up to the pics. Anyone who's a fan of the Pardys knows this boat will take you anywhere. Well, anywhere there's 5ft of water.
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Old 30-10-2014, 15:33   #66
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Huh. That is a good price. I'm going to have to go look at that.


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Anyone have any real negative opinions about the bcc for the record?


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Old 30-10-2014, 15:45   #68
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It is a good sailor. But you have to fit into the interior.
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Spell check. I meant Pardeys. I had a sales package mailed to me from the Sam L Morse Co back in the 80's and I've lusted after one ever since.
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With a $30k budget, I think you should try to be much more open minded about finding "a deal" on a boat that is close enough, rather than trying to seek out a specific model.
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IMHO

go anywhere

AND

30k

are exclusive to a large extent and thus the phrase simply means a 30k boat that has the maximum seaworthiness/comfort/load carrying/sailing ability/etc. ratio.

So, the exercise is simple:

- go to yachtworld and search with filter max price 30k.

Then order by size. Go designs one by one and decide which one has the features you want.

I think it is essential too to decide if the 30k is your purchase price or ready to go price as these two can easily differ by as much as 100% (a 15k boat may call for 15k upgrades and mods thus becoming a 30k boat in the process.)

Really no rocket science here.

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Anyone have any real negative opinions about the bcc for the record?
Boat for 29K is Canadian built, kind of a second class BCC to some people. Has a Saab diesel, low power, heavy and noisy by report. Not a big upside from the owner I know who had one on his BCC. Still looks very attractive at $29K, TONS bigger than the Triton.

I lusted after one for years, visited the shop in Costa Mesa which made it worse. Finally got one, did a transatlantic. The boat has a huge reputation, and enormous list of wannabe owners. A lot of propaganda/hype surrounds the boat. Surprisingly, she lives up to her rep. Usually the prettiest boat in any harbor or marina, IMHO.

Two downsides- the bowsprit is a prominent feature. If you enjoy the advantages and can live with the disadvantages, it is OK. The other thing that bugged me, and this may be dumb, is the lack of a flat spot on the bottom of the keel. I had her aground plenty of times (softly) and every time thought a straiter/shallower keel would be better, plus she won't stay level when drying out.

Of course I am still lusting after the Shannon 38 in Cuba also...
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I will add a second for the Hunter 37 cutter. Owned two of them (not at the same time) they are very underrated because of the Hunter name. Good news is you can then get them cheap because of this.
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Re: Best buy in a solid cruising boat (go anywhere, $30k or less)

Yeah, the Shannon is very compelling, a David Walters boat IIRC. But its location (Cuba) and its owner's location (Panama) mean more risks and hoops to jump through. And needless expense, going in, that are unrecoverable.

I really like the BCC, nearly bought one, but a more modern design provides much more space, for the LOA.
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I'll always recommend a Bayfield. I have a 29 that is the perfect cruising boat for one; the 32 is every bit as well built, though may not be ready to cruise for $30K. sailboatlistings.net always has both listed with lots of pics to give you a good idea.

I sail singlehanded almost exclusively and I could not have done better than my '87 model Bayfield 29. Equipped right, these boats can go anywhere.
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