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Waikato Yacht Squadron are big on their Joker designs. I think the designer is or was a member of the club. Not sure what the boats are like.

 

Don't write off ply as a buidling material for trailer sailers. Nice and light for speed and for towing. Usually cheaper too. Maintenance not too bad - especially if you can cover the boat at home.

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The Joker trailer yacht is designed by the well known designer Ron Given. Water ballast makes for light towing, both sizes sail well (6.7m and 8.2m). The Jokers are one of many different designs within the WYS.

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Don't write off ply as a buidling material for trailer sailers. .... Maintenance not too bad - especially if you can cover the boat at home.

 

As this is our first boat we really can't risk any kind of problems with the hull, and plywood scares me because I've been on a boat and saw a small bubble in the paint, told the owner, he came up and pressed on it and it went right through to the other side! (splash guard outside the cabin) sure this might be rare, but if we had anything similar we would just sell/give away the boat and that would be the end of it. Maybe that is why ferro boats appeal to me? :)

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You've really opened up a can of worms now - brace yourself for impact! A ferro boat can be a high quality thing, if they're built well - which alot of them weren't. I'd suggest that you would be setting yourself up for heartache if you go ferro especially as the kind of thing you've been looking at so far is an indication of your budget and your budget virtually dictates that you will get a pile of crap if you go ferro. Wood is no problem if it's been well maintained, same with fibreglass. If you are inexperienced, then invest some $ in getting your choice checked by a boat surveyor - once you've finalised which one you want. No comment from you about the Catalina 7 metre - despite it seemingly fitting your criteria perfectly?

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Have you looked at the Young designs? Beamy and roomy and light to tow. Mostly home built of ply but so much depends on maintenance on any boat.

Come over to Tauranga sometime and have a wander around the Sulphur Point marina compound to see a variety of Trailer Sailors. PM me if you need to get in at the weekend.

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AA - no chance of us getting a ferro boat, it was just from the perspective of maintenance the theory is good, and I can't imagine there are too many ferro trailer sailers around anyway :D

The catalina does tick a lot of the boxes, but I'm worried that it may end up being closer to 12k by the time it has a suitable motor on the back, I'll be keeping an eye out for some that we can see the dimensions of (closer to Hamilton), and if we fell in love with it then I'm sure the money could be found. I was planning on getting an inspection done once we had the boat choice nailed, but with all these new boats to now go and look at - that could be a long way away!

 

Rafin - I'll add it to the list of places to visit, looks like it's going to be a big drive on Sunday.

 

What kind of $$$ would I be looking at for a surveyor to look over a boat, I'm sceptical of wood still but if it was only 50-100 to have a pro look at i then I might be willing to add them into the mix, again though, I don't really want to waste an owners time, especially if it wasn't really for sale and we got them down to the marina just to tell them thier boat is a POS

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Generally you would only get a survey done once you have decided to buy a particular boat. You would agree to purchase subject to a survey result. I imagine for a trailer sailor you might be looking at around $300 but I haven't had a survey done for 8 years so...

 

Don't give up on the Catalina. Did you phone him? He's a good guy and I'm sure if there will is there, an agreement can be made.

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It appears budget is key priority here and therefore I would recommend a Davidson M20, or a Noelex 22 for all round use-ability.

 

The other designs discussed above may be good in some areas but I don't think you could beat a Davidson - bang for bucks. see trade me.

 

An Aquarius would be good but not likely to find a good one for under or near Davidson price.

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Generally you would only get a survey done once you have decided to buy a particular boat. You would agree to purchase subject to a survey result. I imagine for a trailer sailor you might be looking at around $300 but I haven't had a survey done for 8 years so...

 

Don't give up on the Catalina. Did you phone him? He's a good guy and I'm sure if there will is there, an agreement can be made.

 

The survey from a professional is more likely to be $900-$1500 I'm afraid.

They don't base their survey price on how much the boat is selling for, just on how long it takes to do the survey and write up and file their report.

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