Originally Posted by Deep Blue Blues
Have any other suggestions about boats sold in the southern hemisphere? Can't find many where I'm searching.
There are many types of boats sold in the Southern Hemisphere; given that it is half of the world. Perhaps including where in the southern half you are might assist.
In your original question you asked whether you should test sail each boat. Of course. In fact youíll need to sail the actual boats that are for sale
These are mid 80s boats. Few yachts of the size youíre looking at have ever been made like production cars in any event.
It was also common, when a boat was commissioned by an owner, to be built to a specific partial completion point. And thatís after all the choices of materials and options. So for example you might have ordered the completed hull
, but the interior
, rig, propulsion
system and finishing would be done elsewhere (often in the ownerís backyard over a period of the next several years).
Plus theyíve all had 30 plus years of owner modification and tinkering (good and bad no doubt).
I donít know the histories of each of the boats youíre looking at, but itís unlikely you would ever find two identical 1985 Tayana 55s, because each is now unique.
Itís certainly not uncommon to modify shape, size and depth
of keels and rudders. Other changes people make include mast
position, rake etc, convert from wheel
to tiller steering
, adding diving
platforms, even removing or adding a second mast
You must have picked up from reading CF posts that some of projects people discuss here can be serious structural modifications to their vessels. There are a significant percentage of boat owners who only ever work on Ďimprovingí their boats; they never go sailing. Often it is described as refitting for their offshore
dream. Most never leave the dock
. There was a time I used to think that was very strange, but Iíve come to accept it and respect the work they do. Their passion is their boat. But of course when you arrive looking to buy that same boat youíll not know whether previous owners were sailors or dreamers.
Itís somewhat similar (in my view) to someone who is passionately interested in model railways. Their interest isnít in watching trains go around the track (as is typically of kids). No, their passion is the building of all the stuff. They spend countless hours, and thousands of dollars on building the track and all the rest of it.
Of course buying
a boat that belonged to a dreamer can be really good value. Especially if it becomes an estate sale
and even more so if the boat is still in someoneís backyard. It will be full of really cool stuff, mostly in brand new condition, and wonít have been in salt water