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#1 ballystick

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 04:35 PM

A Farr 38 on Trademe looks to be a super good buy for a person with the skills https://www.trademe....1fdeeb6bad1-002


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#2 raz88

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:27 PM

It was on our pier at westhaven a year or so back and I had a reasonably good look at it. Seemed well kept and regularly maintained. I'd say it's a hell of a lot of boat for that money!
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#3 DrWatson

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:57 PM

„various altered percussion and moisture soundings on decks and cabin tops; Could be bargin for a savvy boatbuilder.“

I‘d say that could be 20k right there, maybe more...
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#4 Maté

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 10:37 AM

A few years ago a Farr 38 was out at West Harbour for a bottom job, rumour has it that the bill with a paintjob and the various repairs was North of 100k. Some of the 38's had steel keel floors, hopefully this one hasnt. I saw an 1104 on the hard once, its bottom looked like the set for a fake moon landing with pox craters 100mm wide all over it. This era of glass boats are highly suspect and at that price it could be a bargain or your worst nightmare.


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#5 waikiore

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 10:45 AM

There was a period where these Compass built Farr 38's had to have two inspectors look before signing off for cat 1. In particular the flat area at the back of the keel generally needed timber reinforcement to ensure the hulls integrity in case of touching terra firma .


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Posted 14 June 2019 - 04:19 PM

yep sounds like she's got the pox, I'd be surprised if she didn't. 

My father had a lotus 10.6 and the osmosis job on her was around 15k 


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#7 ballystick

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 05:00 PM

It doesn't look to have the pox, most older fibreglass boats can get blistering rather than the osmosis type thing that occurred on boats older than these. Actually reading the report and sorting out the actual faults clears the situation - as spoken by a fellow Farr 38 owner!


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#8 Priscilla II

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 05:12 PM

As the Doctor observes the percussion and moisture irregularities are deck and cabin top not hull below the waterline related.
Would you take it on depends on the depth and width of your wallet.
Soft decks and topside structures can lead to costly complex fixes.
Monies that are spent on fixes and never returned are a common economic feature / reality of yachting.
IMHO at that price bracket it would be a wise move to reach a bit further spend wise and purchase a less initially troubled craft.
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Posted 14 June 2019 - 06:50 PM

Depends if you want to work on it yourself or pay someone. DIY and you will get a great value boat.
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#10 Priscilla II

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 07:08 PM

Could be a bargain for a savvy boatbuilder means not diy territory.
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