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Unfortunately this was a problem in a lot of Kiwi production boats of that era. A lot have probably had bottom jobs by now but is a good reason to engage a reputable marine surveyor when purchasing a second hand moored vessel. Insurance companies also require a recent survey certificate before they will insure the vessel and insurance is a requirement in all marinas now.

There are still a lot of good older kiwi boats around that have been well maintained or had significant upgrades done.

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My boat has had the big tweak, don't follow my lead unless you are a enthusiast or like me plainly stupid, so when it goes splash again while the hull, which we could find not a single issue with after some very extensive sussing, and most of the deck are 30 years old you'd never know it unless you knew the designs history. It is effectively a new boat even if the shape is 30 years old.

 

In fact it's better than new in some places as it has gear, technologies and safety bits in it you won't get if you go spend 2 million on a brand new built this week boat. While it is still a R930 in shape and looks it is very different to most in quite a few ways, especially in the strength and fit out stakes.

 

While it will have cost me the best part of 70-80K when it gets wet again the chances of it selling for that are exceptionally remote, mainly as people see '930' and think what they do not because they have actually had a look at them and the differences.

 

So don't write off older boats too fast nor write off a class due to only one boat. You may just be missing a poorly described gem going for a silly price.

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So don't write off older boats too fast nor write off a class due to only one boat. You may just be missing a poorly described gem going for a silly price.

 

absolutely true. on the other hand, if this sort of thing is not done well, it can be a disaster. that means the buyer really has to do his homework in order to figure out where on the gem-to-disaster spectrum a boat lies. that takes work, and hence why buyers tend to stick to class boats...

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Too true K, just like bikes,cars, wives and many more things, once they hit 30 they can start to slide off the boil.

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Would you like me to jack you up a ride on one, I can easily do that. You can also chat to the owner who's had if for a while and both races and cruisers her. The boat is in Westhaven. If nothing else I'm sure the owner wouldn't mind having a chat about them.

 

PM a contact number/email if you're keen and I'll hook you up.

Did the ride on the 9.2 ever happen and if so, how did it go

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My brother in law hugh In Wellington has zingara lotus 9.2 He sailed it from auck to Wellington I met him in Wellington and sailed it up the mana that boat has sailed cook straight many times and mana area , he's planing a sounds cruise , perfect cruising interior , head room through out , big quarter berths , saloon ample room , galley is fine , it's never had pox or issues with the bottom , well built factory boats . But they seem to be quite expensive , and differ in condition , so check out several till you find one that has had good maintainance and care , but get it checked out

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Mine has had a bottom job, but yes definitely get it checked out. Some of the home finished ones are still good boats. Some are still expensive but with their age there is a vast difference between good and bad. When we were looking, some of the things we encountered you wouldn't want to leave the marina on.

This is the same for a lot of the older Kiwi cruiser/racers. still plenty of good ones out there, just have to be careful.

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That Nelson based Lotus 9.2 mentioned above, seen at Stewart Island and sailing around the South Island in Feb-March 2017 was probably me!! What a buzz that was, both doing the circumnavigation and reading someone had noticed, years later! Cheers Wild Violet. I posted videos of it, search for Sailing Taranto in YouTube. I'll try to post a link to the playlist, but might get into trouble with the administrator here for trying, but here goes...  https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ81Y1nsgnYWAEIIHrbYhEyI8Zc3I-d62

On 18/05/2017 at 1:19 PM, wild violet said:

Met one from nelson down stewart island this year did the whole south island trip mostly solo so are capable enough boats nice big cockpits sailed with one in the early eightys up east coast of oz it crossed the tasman no worrys.theysail well if i remember right.

 

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Those vids inspired me to put a 9.2 high on my list! Fast forward a few months and I'm now the owner of Sojournie, a factory 9.2 from 1987.

Had a great xmas cruise around Kawau and beyond.

so...Thanks!

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19 hours ago, chariot said:

That must be one of the last ones built. Good cruising boats and well balanced. If you are ever in the Mercury Bay area, let me know. Might be able to catch up.

Will do!

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New to the thread and looking to purchase our first family cruiser. Have looked at several 30footers including a L9.2 

One thing that puts me off it is the closed in transom - i have 3 kids who love being in and out of the water all day. Are there any 9.2 owners who've given their boat the chop and opened the back up? 

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There are a couple that have done it along with adding a suger scoop. Kirsten J which was for sale last year and also Tutoko I believe. A cheaper option would be to create a smaller walkthrough in conjunction with a duckboard. Or you could always look for the later Lotus 950 which already has the open transom. The Raven 31 also has an open transom in that size range.

Lotus 960 Kirsten J 9.2 Modified with Sugar Scoop Stern.JPG

Exterior Extended Open transom Tutoko.JPG

Exterior Transom 1.jpg

Exterior Duckboard 1.jpg

Lotus 950.JPG

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2 hours ago, Bigmac said:

New to the thread and looking to purchase our first family cruiser. Have looked at several 30footers including a L9.2 

One thing that puts me off it is the closed in transom - i have 3 kids who love being in and out of the water all day. Are there any 9.2 owners who've given their boat the chop and opened the back up? 

or consider a Farr 1020

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Have a sugar scoop on our 9.2 with built in step each side. Next best thing to a walk through. It also makes dinghy access easy. 

Will provide photo later.

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As you can see this is a very functional option. The 9.2 is a very easy boat to sail as they are so well balanced and aren't family frighteners. Had this one 11 years now and still enjoy it as much as the day we bought it.

Probably the biggest volume 30fter around excluding a Pogo 30 but that's a different animal all together.

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6 minutes ago, chariot said:

As you can see this is a very functional option. The 9.2 is a very easy boat to sail as they are so well balanced and aren't family frighteners. Had this one 11 years now and still enjoy it as much as the day we bought it.

Probably the biggest volume 30fter around excluding a Pogo 30 but that's a different animal all together.

Thanks chariot - The internal volume and cockpit size is definitely a mass drawcard for me as we are a family of 5. Will still be a squeeze but don't want to stretch the budget to a bigger boat until i'm sure all the family is in to it. If they are, then an upgrade in a few years to a 1020 or similar might be on the cards. Cheers for all the info and pics👌

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