Some info here, mainly focused on Oz. This info is far from complete and I am sure some others will disagree or comment that many brands have been omitted. Hehehe, and they are right. On this early Sunday morning, in gloomy weather
, I am just having a coffee, working the keyboard, just typing what comes to mind.
There are several sailing boats for sale
by Pugh, Roberts, Boro and Boden. But most of these were home built from a plan. Quality of built and finish vary widely. You might find a good one, but the word “hens’ teeth” comes to mind. Most of these were in steel
, I have seen only Roberts sometimes in fibreglass.
Then there is a range of production boats designed/built in the late seventies early eighties: mostly in fibreglass, mostly heavy and well built, sometimes slowish, and not offering much interior
space compared with newer boats. examples of that era: Westsail 32/33/42, the S&S range 34/36/39/42, Tayana 37
37/40, Hans Christian 33/38/41/43/48, Vancouver
42, Passport 42, Slocum 43, Noreseman 447, Bowman 47, Vagabond 47, Transpac 49, Durbeck 46/50, Kelly Peterson
44/46, CT 47/49, Hudson
50 and I guess Irwin
52 fits here as well. Looking back on this range, quite a few boats sail very well, and others …not so.
There are some….. hmmm, there were many premium boat
builders: Hallberg Rassey, Rustler (hmm have only seen one of them in Oz), Moody, Swan, Amel, Naiad, Sweden
Yachts and some other good boats were made in Taiwan
, and not all people consider these ‘made in Taiwan’ as “premium”.
Then there are some builders of alu boats: Ovni
, Via, Boreal. Expect to pay premium prices for a good alu boat
As mentioned in previous posts, there are good boats to had by Beneteau
, Catelina and the like. Mostly lighter built compared with premium boat builders.
You may already have found this database of boats: https://sailboatdata.com/
Here are some links to boats. No, I have no affiliation with any of them.
I noticed there are 4 boats by Adams/Radford, all in steel
. Not sure if you prefer the strength of that or abhor the thought of rust.
There is not really a large range of cruising boats on offer in West Australia
There is a beautiful GRP Alden design 50-ish footer in Mindarie. Been on the market over 2 years. If you like traditional boats go for that, but it is a bit short on comfort and equipment
Anyway, something to do while you wait for the cyclone Seroja to travel south. Stay safe.