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Old 20-06-2010, 20:42   #1
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Boat to Last a Lifetime ?

Hello, Im looking to buy a sloop (25-35ft). Wondering if there is a particular model and size that would be a good starter boat but also able to do trans-ocean trips once I gain enough expierence.

Some points that are a must to me are:
-Inboard diesel
-Able to be sailed solo
-Able to have auto-helm installed

If there is any particular model that stands out in your mind or any other info please let me know. Thanks in advance.

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Old 20-06-2010, 20:47   #2
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Old 20-06-2010, 20:51   #3
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Old 20-06-2010, 21:44   #4
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Welcome to the forum.

First your question is a bit broad. Most boats in the 30' plus range will be inboard and most of those diesel. 25'-30' you might find more outboards.

Properly rigged I think any boat in that size range can be handled solo and don't know of any that could not take an automatic pilot of some variety.

That being said, there are dozens if not hundreds of boats that would work, especially if budget is not an issue, but then isn't it always?

So, got a price range in mind? That will help narrow it down.
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You might be better off with a two-boat strategy.
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Hi Sailbull

My Compass 29 is for sale. Only 30 years old. Has all the required features in your list. Boats name is Lulu. I was going to re-name it Osmosis but thought it might predjudice a quick sale. Let's say it would suit a handyman. Where do you live? Vancouver. Sorry no can do, I need to find someone that lives further away.
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Where do you live? Vancouver. Sorry no can do, I need to find someone that lives further away.
Now that was a seriously funny post!!
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Old 21-06-2010, 17:39   #9
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Hi Sailbull

My Compass 29 is for sale. Only 30 years old. Has all the required features in your list. Boats name is Lulu. I was going to re-name it Osmosis but thought it might predjudice a quick sale. Let's say it would suit a handyman. Where do you live? Vancouver. Sorry no can do, I need to find someone that lives further away.

Hey! I saw Lulu actually floating a few weeks ago... lead down, aluminium up... what could possibly go wrong?? Vancouver just might be OK, Greg!

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An S&S 34 (already mentioned) or a Tartan 34 (also an S&S design) if you can't afford any of the boats I've listed above.
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Old 21-06-2010, 20:30   #11
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Wow, thanks for the replies. My budget is around 25000, 30000 at the most, for the time being.
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Old 21-06-2010, 20:56   #12
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Old 22-06-2010, 07:00   #13
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Wow, thanks for the replies. My budget is around 25000, 30000 at the most, for the time being.
Well you can forget about any of the boats I mentioned, with the possible exception of the Tartan 34. Plus, almost any boat that you can buy for 30K will require another 30K of repairs and updates before it is suitable for crossing oceans in safety.
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I agree with Curmudgeon. You are not going to get anything blue water ready for $30k.

Any of the boats above and also 70's Pearson's C&Cs Tartans and Morgans can be re rigged to be blue water capable. Fiberglass lasts forever and boats built before they knew how strong it was are HEAVILY built.

Might be good for you to do the rigging, autopilot, electrical and other work yourself, unless you are planning on taking repair people across with you.
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can all be had around that budget and are built for anything, okay maybe im a little biased
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