Well, as you said, the supply of good used boats in S. Africa
Are there good surveyors in your area, particulalrly ones familiar with teak
decking and wooden spars?
Does she have a diesel
or an old Atomic 4 gas engine
? If diesel
, maybe have a good mechanic
go over the engine
. We repowered our boat some years ago and the cost was over $20,000 US. If gas, can you budget
a new diesel? The diesels are not only safer but you don't need to carry nearly as much fuel
Does Cheoy Lee
have an owners association? These groups can be deep wells of wisdom and even spare parts
as you navigate the adventures of keeping an old boat sailing safely and efficiently.
As for the interior
volume, we live on a Cape Dory
31 all summer in Maine
. The beam and waterline length are similar to the Robb. We're quite comfortable, even in the variable Maine weather
. We have a fridge, heat and comfortable bunks (we sleep in the V-berth). We're both average size and weight. So, for the occassional 2-week cruise
and unless either of you are inordinately tall or beamy, you should be fine for interior room.
There is nothing quite like the beauty of a classic
yacht, and the Robb has many of the attributes of the classics. There's a reason why 102 of the 103 Concordia yawls built are still floating: the boats are jawl-dropping gorgeous and good sailers. So is the Robb.
She'll sail wonderfully. Maybe not the fastest boat out there, but comortable and easy for two crew to handle safely in variable winds and seas.
We did a lot of other repairs
and upgrades to our 31 in our 9 years of ownership
. Feel free to PM us for more information.
, Wow! What a wonderful place to cruise