Sunday, July 3, 2011

Window Shoping

So what does somebody that wants to liveaboard, but doesn't have a boat yet do - why they go out and look at boats for sail on the internet and dream of course!   So here are some of the boats I picked out as I was looking.  Obviously I'll be having to do work on whatever boat I get due to my anticipated budget.   But I'm trying to keep it simple per the recommendations of some of you fine folks.  

Grampian 34                           

Elysian is a rare 1973 Grampian 34 center-cockpit ketch. Solid comfortable cruising boat with lots of storage, easy handling, full aft cabin. Many recent upgrades, too many to list but include new electrical systems, sails, 2-anchor bow roller, and all-new LED lighting (cabin and tri-light). All new SS opening ports. New epoxy barrier coat. Thunder Bay, ON. $22,000 CND.

Price: $22,000 CND

Pearson 323, 1978  

In very good condition.

# It has a rebuilt atomic 4 engine with electronic ignition and fresh water cooling,
# newer full batten main in very good condition,
# roller furling headsail in fair condition.

# It has no soft spots and deck gelcoat is in very good condition for her age, no chips or cracking.
# It has wheel steering and auto pilot.
# This is an easy boat to single handed or cruise with a family.
# Comes with spinnaker sock.
# I sail this boat regularly so its ready to go.           At $15000 it's a bargain and won't last. 

Pearson 27, 1988  

Great Sailboat,          
# 12 horse Universal diesel,    
# Pedestal Steering with compass,
# knot and depth meter,
# Quantum sails and spinnaker,
# Jib furling,
# Double battery setup with charger,
# Bimini,
# cockpit cushions,
# Beautiful spacious interior with two cabins,
# Head with holding tank,
# Galley with stove,
# ice box, and sink.


Alberg 30, 1971     

Be sailing the Caribbean next week in this classic blue water boat for less than $10,000.

Length 30', Beam 8'9", Draft 4'6"

Engine: Westerbeke M320B Diesel, 18HP meticulously maintained

Navigation: Autopilot WP5000 and Windvane steering by Neptune

# Electronics: two GPS units, SSB Receiver, VHF Icom and handheld unit, depthsounder,
# Tanks: Fuel: 18 gallons, Water: 30 gallons
# Anchors: 33 lbs Bruce, 25 lbs Mansow, Fortress FX16, two Danforths
# Sails in good condition: mainsail, jib, genoa

# Electrical: two batteries, 55 amp alternator, two inverters, 30 amp battery charger
# Galley: 1 propane burner, sink, 110V fridge with freezer, large ice box
# Marine head with privacy
# Cockpit awning, dodger, swim ladder
# Cruise at 5.5K using 1/2 gallon of fuel

Inflatable dinghy with 3.3HP outboard


27' Catalina C27    

Year    1982
Length  27
Beam   8'10"
Draft    4'
Location  New York
Price         $9,500

Description:     Accomodations: Bunks for 2 in forward Vee berths, 1 in main cabin settee on Stb, 1 on port settee, 1 in stb Quarterberth. Note the main cabin stb settee could be modified to be a pull out double, head is manual flush with holding tank deck pump-out and thru hull macerator. table is bulkhead mounted and may be used in lowered position 1/2 open or fully open. Galley: galley has ice box, propane 2 burner stove, manual water system. Navigation/Electronics: compass, depth sounder, Loran, VHF, speed. Electrical: 2 batteries battery parallel switch. Mechanical: tiller steering, 1 fire extinguisher, cockpit controls. NEW shaft and cutlass bearing, NEW exhaust. Deck: Bow pulpit, lifelines with stern rails, fenders and lines, nav. lights, SS stern mounted swim ladder, spreader lights, 4 life jackets, Coast Guard safety package, including throwing device, anchor shackles chain rode horn and flares. Sails and Rigging: Main, Jib, Cruise equipped, manual backstay adjuster, roller furling on jib, 6 winches.

We will see after I've gotten some real sailing under my belt, and have read up some more, what types of choices I'll make as far as boats.   I'd really like a catamaran, but I don't think my budget is going to allow that. 

 Hope you all are enjoying your weekend!


  1. Greetings Mate!

    I think we are at the same point in our lives... at least when it comes to our wants. You having a house, career, and other things are a little bit closer to your goals it would appear. I'm going to keep an eye on you and see how your story unfolds. Maybe, if we both get our boats, we'll meet up down the way!

    Seriously, I find myself looking up ye yachts myself. Let me know how that class goes.

  2. hollywoodme - welcome to the journey! Yeah - the same point as far as where we want to go - not quite close on the age :) You may even beat me to the life. Sometimes being farther along in our lives means we are weighed down a little bit more! Anyways - good luck to you, and hopefully we both end up on boats, and I'll buy ya a drink at some tropical port somewhere!

  3. I'll hold you to it, mate. Age is pretty arbitrary if you ask me. It's all about life experiences and a semblance of maturity.

  4. semblance of maturity? Well that ain't me :)

  5. We have a 1987 Catalina 30 and love her! We'd also like a catamaran but they are just too expensive for our budget. Best of luck on your search!

  6. Yeah - dang catamarans! :) But simpler, sooner I keep getting told. So money be damned! I have looked at some Catalina's (well, window-shopped). But I think what will happen is that when I'm ready to seriously shop, whatever "quality" boat I can get for a good deal will be the winner.

  7. I'm curious if you ever looked into any of these? Or were they just ideas as you were learning what you wanted?