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Old 16-05-2009, 17:25   #1
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Philbrooks-Built Tillicum 30'


I'm returning to sailing after 25 years and am looking for a boat to cruise Desolation Sound and the Gulf Islands. I had set myself a limit of 70,000 CDN for the boat and started scouring the internet for something suitable. For some inexplicable reason I keep returning to this ad - she just looks right to me.

SF2572 - Dawg Haus Details - Pacific Boat Brokers Inc.

Does anyone know anything about these boats? Am I nuts looking at a boat this age?

Thanks in advance,

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Old 16-05-2009, 17:57   #2
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A boat is no older than it's maintenance. A 10 year old boat could need a total refit even if maintained but not updated. This one looks like it's been very well cared for and, more importantly, built right in the first place. It's got too much wood topside for my taste. Equipment looks extensive so ready to go places with a minimal outlay of money. Most importantly it's got a tiller, not one of those pussy wheels that every Yuppie seems to have to have these days. Slap on a self steering vane and you could head for Fatu Hiva.

All in all, a really nice looking boat that I'd be proud to own. It's a bit pricey for a 30' boat but the quality of construction looks to be there. Try and buy a Pacific Sea Craft or Morris for less.

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Old 16-05-2009, 18:54   #3
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I don't know this boat but it seems to be fairly well equiped for the money. I would be concerned about the beam of only 8'. Thats very narrow for a 30' boat, not a lot of room below.
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Old 16-05-2009, 21:12   #4
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Although the beam is a bit narrow for a 30 foot yacht, it looks like it would be an excellent small cruising boat if the pictures do the boat justice. If the boat surveyed well, and won't require lots of additional money to fix it up, it could be a good deal.

When I look at the price of a yacht, I don't look at the selling price. I look at the real cost of the yacht after I have brought up to a state that I am happy with. It's easy to buy a yacht for a low price, and then put 5 or 10K into it very quickly. Little things add up.

When I survey the yacht, I take a pad of paper with me and write down everything that will require money to make it right, or to render it suitable for the intended use/voyage.

If this yacht is in great shape and ready to go, it could easily be worth the price.
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