Originally Posted by Ajs yachts
The fisher 32 isn't a common model outside Australia
. Northshore built the 25 30 31 34 37 & the 46 the 46 being the flagship of the range but were limited built I know of a few 31 models here in Northern Ireland
there are plenty of 30's here two of them for sale
at the minute haven't seen a 34 for a few years now there are two 37's here as well there use to be a 46 in Strangford lough about 15 years ago she was dark green . The fishers were a well built boat & will go through any weather
you can throw at them with there heavy displacement
an ideal cruising boat
Thanks for your perspective. It's pretty hard to get info about these.
Wikipedia says the 31 foot Fishers were not commercially successful, but it doesn’t say why. I infer from various sources that Malcolm Barlow bought the molds for that model and started producing the “Fisher 32” in AU, but I can't document the actual purchase
of the molds. Still, his boat followed that model very closely.
But I have a lot of questions …
Is the quality the same? One reason to consider buying
a Fisher is their reputed quality of construction, as you've noted. Is the Barlow 32 as good?
How do they sail? Sloop
rigged Fishers are reputed to sail better and both the 31 and the Barlow 32s are sloops, so … do they sail better than the larger ketch
models? Do they even sail better than the smaller 30 foot Fishers? They have a wider beam than the 30 footers, apparently to make the saloon
roomier, so maybe they sail even worse? Or, again, better ( cause a wider beam might roll less )? Oy.
I personally like the idea of a sloop
Fisher for lower complexity and cost and, if rumor holds true, better sailing performance. But here-say is a weak data point and its hard to know if a particular anecdote can be generalized. Maybe somebody had a 37 foot sloop that sailed well for whatever reason, or was experienced on a good day, and now the internet
thinks “fisher sloops sail better”.
I included an image of a cutter
rigged Fisher ketch
below. That’s 4 sails
on a modest sized boat. Admittedly, it’s also a lot more rigging
and effort, but can a taller masted sloop really out-sail it?
I wonder if there’s even anyone who has sailed each of these boats and who can answer these questions. Quite possibly not. But every bit of info helps. Thanks again.
(a Barlow in some trouble)
... and some images
to stimulate thought:
(cutter rigged fisher 37)
(a 37 out of the water)
(good view of a Fisher 30 hull)
(I think this is a Fisher 31 hull
- could hardly mistake it for a sleek boat)
(good view of a Barlow 32 hull
- some notable differences)