Seeking information on <30ft aluminium centerboard boats

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by nacrajon, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. nacrajon
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    nacrajon Junior Member

    After always owning multihulls (cats and tris) I'm thinking of transitioning to a monohull after a few long passages along the East Australian coast in a 30 ft IOC boat.

    I can't however bring myself to owning a keelboat due to primarily the inability to explore the shallows.

    I really like the perceived all round capabilities of Onvi and Garcia style aluminium centerboard yachts but can't ever see myself needing to own a boat that big. Are there any designs of that style around 30ft in aluminum? I am seeking something more seaworthy than the average trailer sailor.

    I'm looking at boats around $60k AUS, which is the price bracket I have been looking at for Farrier Folding Tris (think F25)

    Ultimately I would like a trailerable folding trimaran with hard dodger to shelter from the weather in poor conditions and a really nice full timber cabin interior with the space of a mono. But you can't have both. I would like to see what mono options there are.
     
  2. Steve W
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    Steve W Senior Member

    Try Roberto Barros yacht design, he is in Australia. I didn't see exactly what you want but it sounds like you are after something like a smaller version of his Kirribati 36
     
  3. nacrajon
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    nacrajon Junior Member

    Steve,
    I was actually on that site yesterday, the Kiribati has me interested. The idea of close tolerance cnc cut framing making alloy welding relatively easy sounds appealing.
     
  4. CT249
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    I don't think there's ever been a production alloy lift keeler like that in Oz. I can't even think of any one-offs like that.

    In GRP there's the Farr B30 and the Noelex 30, which is a better (IMHO) version of the same hull. Lots of people seem to regularly beach their smaller TYs and with care you could do the same to the B30 and Noelex, as far as I know; I've sailed them both but never needed to beach one.

    The Austral 30 is also available in swing keel if you're after a heavier boat. Given their displacement I assume they are solid 'glass.

    The RL34 and Queensland Ten (ie swing keel/stub keel version of the Mk 1 Adams Cruising Ten) are longer but pretty much like 30 footers with the ends drawn out, so they are possible candidates.
     
  5. tane
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  6. nacrajon
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    nacrajon Junior Member

    Thank you for your replies. I searched Onvi and couldn't find a 30fter. The link you showed above is just what I'm after.
    Now I just have to be in the right place at the right time when a French sailor sells up at the end of their Pacific passage.
     
  7. CT249
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    You may be waiting a long time; I don't think I've seen many Ovnis in Oz, and they are the sort of boat one notices.
     
  8. tane
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    tane Junior Member

    check all french "overseas territories" & "departments" (dom: guadal., martin., Guyan, Komor, Reunion; tom: tahiti, new cal) - not so rarely theay arrive there, work there for some years, sell the boat...
    having some basic "boat-french" is not a hindrance btw..
    looks whatz there:
    https://www.raiatea-yacht.com/index.php?page=voiliers
    !
     
  9. tane
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    tane Junior Member

    don't be fixated on an ovni...:
    https://www.raiatea-yacht.com/index.php?page=trisbal_36 was an excellent voyager, old now though, but very cheap. friends of ours took one rtw I don't know how many times (min 3x), an extremely "businesslike" boat, tough, ...
    research "trisbal 36" on the net - it is an amazing boat, will dry out standing up,...(upwindperformance of course...)
     

  10. Nikki
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    Nikki New Member

    Think of French Polynesia for boat sourcing

    Hello Nacrajon,

    Not sure if you're still looking, but have you seen these 3 options :

    A Pouvreau romanee, super solid, small, easy to handle single handed, and selling for only 49k AU dollars
    http://www.bb-yb.com/portfolio-items/pouvreau-romanee-1981/

    Or, bigger and more comfortable, still just as solid and great for shallow water with a center board, and selling at a great price 89k AU dollars
    http://www.bb-yb.com/portfolio-items/oxygene-43-1987/

    Alternatively I would recommend a Corsair for a great trailerable boat. At http://www.bb-yb.com/ we are a Corsair dealer and these boats are really fun. You would be best going directly to the AU branch at http://corsairmarine.com/

    kind regards,
    Nikki
     
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