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Old 23-05-2018, 22:48   #1
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Looking for Charger 33 owners (I'm one of them)

After all I sold my beloved Nova 28 (in New Zealand) and purchased a Charger 33, which was a bit bold decision, but considering my options and the priceless help from Angelo Lavranos (the designer of this boat) I feel lucky to get her.
However I would like to catch up with other Charger owners if any around. As far I know only 15 built since 1982 in South Africa, Topaz, my one very likely one of the last two or three with a short, cruising rig. I'm very happy what I get, even I had not much chance to enjoy due the unfavourable weather systems in the past month. Anyway if anyone has any information, stories about Charger 33 I would really appreciated to hear.
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Old 06-08-2018, 10:33   #2
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Re: Looking for Charger 33 owners (I'm one of them)

Hi,

i too am a new own of a Charger 33 in South Africa.Currently in Mossel Bay but will move her to Cape town once the season changes to more favourble winds.

"Abacus" was built for a totally blind man Geoff Hilton Barber who sailed single handed to Australia in the 1990's.

I bought her in Feb 2018 and am none the 4th owner.Much work is needed to get her to her former glory.

She is a mast head sloop,

I would like to sail her in the next Cape to Rio Race in 2020.

They are great boats as i had worked on them in my youth(20's)at John Robertson Yachts doing their electrical and mechanical installations.

Enjoy,

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Old 06-08-2018, 13:49   #3
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Re: Looking for Charger 33 owners (I'm one of them)

Hi Saun, Congratulations for your purchase, I was looking so many times the pictures and short video where Geoff departed to his journey, as not many footage on the net about Chargers. I have the masthead version as well, but slightly different rigging (two lower shrouds beside the cap shroud) and I have three chain plates to match the rig. Topaz also has the standard layout which is slightly different on Abacus. Are you going to keep the rig masthead? I found very handy for short handed sailing, lot less hassle with reefing. Anyway you probably know more of these boats than most owner as you were close in early days. So would be nice to hear about your refit project, I guess you have plenty to do. I have no ambitious plans, like yours so I will work on improvements in small steps. However if you want to see Topaz you can find a couple of video on Youtube
Just for curious, have you weighed Abacus yet, I mean with fill of gears, ready to go?
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:37   #5
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Re: Looking for Charger 33 owners (I'm one of them)

Yes Gord it is a great reading, probably the most complex. That is the problem with production boats, made in small numbers, even the person who made them (in this case John Robertson) forgot about them. Luckily sites like above keeping some info. Sailboat data also a great source but very breef.
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Hi all, here is a rare opportunity to be a Charger owner. I find one for sale recently here https://www.cyphoma.com/sint-maarten...ling-yacht-zxe
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