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Old 20-03-2012, 05:46   #1
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Looking at buying our first fixed keeler that will take us around Australia. Want centre cockpit, room for guests and a good resale so we can easily sell when we leave Australia in a few years. Looking at Martzcraft 35, Nantucket 32 and South seas. They all seem pretty old for the money. Any other suggestions?
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Old 20-03-2012, 12:54   #2
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Re: which boat?

G'day, mate. Welcome aboard from the other side of the Tasman. Trying to get a center cockpit under 40 feet is a bit tough. What's kinda price range are you looking in? Cheers
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Old 20-03-2012, 15:24   #3
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$50-$70 aussie. Importantly we want to be able to sell easily and these boats just seem to sit with unrealistic figures on them.
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Old 21-03-2012, 19:39   #4
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An Amel Euros for sale in Aukland NZ. Center cockpit I know its a 74 boat but the build quality is fantastic. Joe
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Old 21-03-2012, 19:52   #5
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wouldn't you be concerned with taking a 1974 off-shore at all? Have sailed a friends Amel 53 from vanuatu to noumean then australia. divine boat but i worry at such an old age.
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Old 21-03-2012, 19:56   #6
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Re: which boat?

That's not old if it is well cared for.
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Old 21-03-2012, 20:14   #7
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Sub 40 ft CC boats from the 70's are like hen's teeth. The whole concept is a new thing for the smaller sized boats and began with boats of 45 ft plus.

A HR from the 80's would be perfect. Can't help with the price of this one. They are cheaper in other countries.
http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...g_id=75559&url=

Columbia made a few CC boats in the 1970's such as the 39.
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Old 21-03-2012, 22:25   #8
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Re: which boat?

Clicked on a thread about parrots and some how ended up here. Now for relevance...

I would really do my homework on anything under 37 feet in a CC as they can tend to be a bit cramped aft of the main cabin in most of the older (1960-1980) designs that I have been around....

As to the age, properly maintained and properly operated with modern safety gear and procedures I would trust most of the 1960-1980 overbuilt fiberglass designs over most modern designs that are not sporting positive flotation. You have to really be in it deep to damage those hulls if they are in good condition as most of them are overbuilt for the hullspeed they are designed for.

That being said don't grab the tiller and go plowing up reefs.
Because Reefs are people too after enough drinks.
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Old 21-03-2012, 23:04   #9
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G'day, again, mate. Here's a 35 foot S2 CC. Not necessarily my "cup of tea". They were built in Holland, Michigan in the states.
http://au.yachtworld.com/core/listing/boatMergedDetails.jsp?boat_id=2439783&ybw=&units=F eet&currency=USD&access=Public&listing_id=1925&url=
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Old 21-03-2012, 23:18   #10
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Another one, mate, but it's out of price range you're looking in. An Alan Wright Oceans 12. Probably a more suitable hull to get you around Oz. Cheers.
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Not a fan of small CC boats, but that S2 looks great. The Islander Freeport 36 CC is also pretty nice for a small CC on a budget albiet very rare i think less then a dozen made. I have seen two of them listed though in the last few months on the Yahoo's freeport owners group (foggers). None down south though. Are the benetuea 36 cc's out of budget in Australia?
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Old 22-03-2012, 04:36   #12
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Could be time for a reality check lamita.

Bigger budget or smaller boat ? Your call. Maybe time to skip the CC bit too ? Aft cockpits are cheaper.
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Looking at buying our first fixed keeler that will take us around Australia. Want centre cockpit, room for guests and a good resale so we can easily sell when we leave Australia in a few years. Looking at Martzcraft 35, Nantucket 32 and South seas. They all seem pretty old for the money. Any other suggestions?
Giddy, just spent the last 3months doing the same thing, currently doing a deal now. I have just worked through a list of boats and one thing I do know in this market is keep looking because right now there are 700 + such crafts between 35 - 40ft for sale in Aussie and most have been on the market for a while now, so it's a buyers market. The best place for info is this forum so run it through the threads and you will get a great bank of knowledge. They may seem pricey but don't be afraid to make offers well less than the asking price, I do know of one boat in Geelong that's well equipped and has just dropped 30k as its been on the market for two years, it's a Jarkin 35, rear cockpit, mast furled main and furled genoa, well decked out and up to date, check out 'sea change boats Geelong' and no I don't have anything to do with the buusiness Good luck!
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