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Old 08-06-2010, 09:01   #1
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Opinions, Please, on a 40' Boro Steel Ketch

I am looking at buying a 40 foot Boro steel ketch which is very similar to the one in this link Boats for Sale - Yachts for Sale - Used & New Boats @ Yacht Hub Australia & New Zealand

Looking for a liveaboard cruiser to travel from Australia to cruise South East Asia and beyond.

Single handler when crew not available, I am fit young on a budget.

Looked at a Roberts 38 Offshore, but its tired and needs allot of restoration.

If anyone knows Herman Boro yachts and could advice me I would be great full. I am concerned if the yacht has enough ballast and would stand back up in the event of a knock down?

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Old 08-06-2010, 16:42   #2
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Too big, needs work, money, time...

Being young and single the Boro would look to be too big for your needs.

It would need lots of cash, time and effort to get it into cruising condition.

With a boat it is very easy to underestimate what is involved.

I'd suggest spending some time researching cruising boats in the 32'-36' range and (if necessary) upgrading your cruising skills.
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Old 08-06-2010, 19:09   #3
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Thank you Boracay (have read many of your posts over past year and trust your judgement).
To be mores specific: I am a Diving Instructor in my late thirty's. Plan to have on board a air compressor, some times 5 divers. Possibly in transit I may be a single hander if no crew available. (I am not chartering!).
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Old 10-08-2010, 20:55   #4
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I have the sister yacht to this, but in the bilge keel configuration.

Things you should know about this as advertised:

Motor is too small - many boro owners complain about the perkins being underpowered for the size of the vessel -you will notice this.

8000 kg seems too light, my is "apparently" 14000, with full tanks, never actually measured.

They are a good roomy boat - I have lived aboard mine and there is tonnes of space.

Singlehanded would be OK with self tailing winches and good setup. I sail mine with partner.

Often homebuilt, strength and quality depends on who built. Check for deformation of the stringers around the keel. How is your keel attached. Is the keel openable for a look inside at what ballast is in there?

I would have this boat for the price, mine cost 3 times as much.

I fit a dive compressor, genset and dive gear for 3 in the lazareete comfortably. 5 divers would be a squeeze for an extended trip.
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Old 24-08-2010, 11:32   #5
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Sorry for the delay in my reply, had to settle the deal on boat.

Thank you for the information. Mine is not the one advertised on the net. Here is a link with pictures of mine.

The quality of building looks quite good. Cant look down into the keel, its lead filled.

Motor is a Yanmar 3JH2E 28hp, could be underpowered?
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Old 25-08-2010, 15:22   #6
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I agreed complitely with Boracay, sorry guys I am new, good to see or better read evrybody!
I was saying dont buy a boat beleaving you will set everything for free!
I have a 35 foot sailboat and istead to spent 20000 euros to refit her I have spent since now already 35000 and I have to spent other 25000 to finish!!!
so far...pay attention

ps I did a lot of thing by myself but the area in which I start the jobs is one of the worst as prices (north Italy) so maybe in Australia your tecs are more good and less thieves!!!!
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Old 25-08-2010, 21:42   #7
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I reckon 28 hp is too little for this boat.

But it depends what you need to do. My perkins 4107 probably has roughly the same grunt as your yanmar. Its enough to get it out of the marina, but any kind of headwind stops the boat.

Your sailing will improve, and you will come to not rely on the motor.

WHere do you live. If you are in Western Australia, you will struggle with the south westers.

I guy two boats down from me on the jetty with a similar sized boat just replaced his perkins (approx 30 hp) with 110 hp yanmar - he now has no probs. If you are refitting the boat, consider upgradeing the motor before you build around it.
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Re: Opinions, Please, on a 40' Boro Steel Ketch

Hi billwa. I know this is a very old post. Are you still on here?
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Re: Opinions, Please, on a 40' Boro Steel Ketch

Not very often.
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Re: Opinions, Please, on a 40' Boro Steel Ketch

Hi Billwa.

I have a Boro Albatross. Have pretty limited info on the boat. I believe it is a 38" and on measurement seems to line up. Bilge keel ketch. Do you know much about them?
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Hi Billwa.

I have a Boro Albatross. Have pretty limited info on the boat. I believe it is a 38" and on measurement seems to line up. Bilge keel ketch. Do you know much about them?
They are a familiar sight on West Australian waters, my home patch. The designer, Herman Boro, I believe was locally based out of Rockingham.

They are essentially a caravan of the sea, big, roomy, boxy.

Sail O.K.

Generally underpowered.

Mix of build quality.
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Re: Opinions, Please, on a 40' Boro Steel Ketch

Mine looks well built. I believe Herman has passed and his son who is a naval architect also still has some info etc. Lives in kalamunda.

How are they with the bilge keel etc for ocean going. As in ocean passages?

Any idea on how to judge the age? Based on design?

What was/is your one?
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I am in dampier WA
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