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Old 30-06-2009, 16:18   #1
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First Boat (advice please)

So I recently started to do a lot more sailing, and have decided I want to purchase my first. I have the opportunity to pick up a mid 70's 30 foot grampian, for around $10,000 canadian. The boat is def in working condition (i know the owner and i sail with him regularily, the only reason he's selling is because hes 78) and I would have it surveyed before the transaction. My main goals are to defienitly sail to the Bahamas and maybe circumnavigate/coastal hop around most of north america).

My main question(s) are:

Any thoughts on the grampian line.

What exactly is the capabilities of this boat. I understand that this mainly depends on the experience of the crew and what not, but i kinda wanna know what would and wouldnt be a good idea to attempt.

Is the boat worth the price tag? Or any other suggestions or pointers towards another style or model along similar pricing?

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Old 30-06-2009, 18:12   #2
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I think the price is quite reasonable, depending on the condition of the boat. A Grampian 28 just sold in my neck of the woods for $13k or so- of course, it a had a diesel.
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Old 30-06-2009, 21:35   #3
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Good boats. Get a really thorough survey. At that price - as long as the major things are in good condition - it could be worth sinking 15 to 20K into her if you really like the boat.

They are pretty robust 30 footers and good cruisers. Not fast at all but if she has been maintainted properly she'll be a stronger boat than many others on the market.
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Old 30-06-2009, 22:11   #4
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Grampians are great boats.
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