That would have been me James. The Tobago
has been on my short-list for a while. It really is a "little big boat" as in it has the dual diesels, 3 cabins etc. The next step up is the Antigua
(getting to be a little older now) and the Athena 38.
They certainly do seem to be a reasonably good blue-water cruiser and probably fantastic for the South Pacific
with distances of around 180nm per day readily achievable. The front bunks are large versus the Antigua
which has faster skinnier hulls with bunks running front to back which pretty much means that you have to sleep on the engines at the rear.
Seems that many owners convert the rear bunk opposite the head
into a workshop which leaves the two large doubles up front. I'd probably do the same depending on the number of pax, plus you're not sleeping on the engines that way.
There was one in Tonga for sale
late last year that was on all of the Australian boat websites. It was 108k-euros so around $175k incl taxes
& duties + delivery
. At the time it was remarkably cheap
. It had all new sails
covers on everything, great order, fresh antifoul, one re-built engine
, 8,000 hours on one and 4,500 on the other. Around that time another one in Qld sold for $235,000 AUS local.
I have a survey
and some photos from the Tonga
one James if you are interested to know what it might look like in detail. PM me with your email
and I'll send it through. There is a chance that the one you are looking at might be the same one. It was called Flina and sold from an Austrain owner to another Austrain. (did the dirty on the Australian agent) - only thinking this due to the workshop conversion.
I also have a stack of photos from some over in Europe
if you want those. I've been looking at one for 50,000euros that needs sails rigging
work - could be a fun project