Just for interest, I sailed a Clansman 30 in 1980 from Sydney
> Cairns > PNG including Rabaul in New Britain and Kavieng in New Ireland
, then back to Adelaide. Sailed SA waters extensively, often single
handed for next 5 years, then sold
when the 'nightmare' of marriage, career, kids
, mortgage happened.
Fellow cruisers at the time were amazed that we were in open waters in such a small boat
, but I can honestly say that she was the most sea-worthy, sea-kindly (heavy displacement
for size, narrow beam, low freeboard, long keel) of the boats I have sailed around that 30-34' range. She coped with some challenging conditions on that trip. Very fond memories flood back whenever I see one. If anyone knows where she is now - was called Tiarnie - I'd love to know. We lived on her for a whole year (mostly 3, long trip back to SA 2).
So, to the person who originally asked, if you find one in good condition, seriously think of taking it for a sea trial.
Just to spoil the story, I'm waiting for a new Catalina
355 to arrive from US in March - so much NOT like a Clansman! However, my girlfriend who dared jump on the Clansman all those years ago is now the wife who was convinced to go to sea again after inspecting one of these flash boats in Sydney