We seem to be living parallel lives...
I've just moved aboard a Compass 28, that i bought in Sydney
where they are numerous and cheap-ish.
I plan to live aboard here in Melbourne for a year, holding down a part-time job, living in a marina, going sailing and making upgrades as i go.
I'm not very familiar with Top Hats, but after MUCH research
(what else is there for a wannabe to do?) of various boat types, my short list was Clansman 30, Nicholson 32, Compass 28 & 29, Swanson 28, and i even considered some folkboats, which are gorgeous to my eye.
But at 6'1" i HAVE to be able to stand up inside, and berth length is important. Price
, and full-keeled-toughness had me settling on the Compass 28.
One broker tried to steer me from the Compass 28 i was looking at to a Top Hat he had which was more expensive. But when i asked if it had a full keel
, and he didn't know, i decided that he wasn't the broker for me...
It took three trips to Sydney, where there was a surplus of boats for sale
, keeping prices competitive, to find my boat. And given how much driving around i had to do to look at boats, driving to Sydney was the obvious choice. Only takes about nine hours these days, i got through the complete works of Arthus Conan-Doyle on audiobook on these trips.
I paid $21k for a C28 with new-ish bigger motor
and new-ish rigging
. Paid another $5k for truck transport to Melbourne, including slipping, stick removal
and re-installation, etc...
So i count it as having paid $26k for my boat, and at this marina i pay $800 per month, which is high, even with the free wifi
, elec & water
, parking, and very civilized shower
If you want to come and have a look at my boat and my liveaboard
arrangements, feel free to PM me. I'll tell you everything i know about it, should take only a few minutes...
Compass 28 "Magpie"
Williamstown, Vic, Australia