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Standing Headroom!

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jendave1 says:

Well, have been busy with work this past few months, and not enough time for sailing. We had an excellent cruise in July, 2 weeks around the West coast, but nothing much since apart from a few day sails. Shurig is coming out of the water for her winter break on Sunday, this afternoon I've been stripping things down ready for the lift-out.
The big news is that we've bought (subject to...) a Westerly Konsort - a bit like Ron's caravan but with a mast! What gives us the biggest thrill is visiting places, navigating and sailing, don't think we're really going to be racers...
On our cruise the lack of space below became difficult, especially when laid up 3 days for a gale. The Konsort has acres of room below (standing headroom!) but bigger & heavier, we have a lot to learn again. Too heavy for me to tow too! She's currently in Portsmouth, trying to arrange the most cost effective way to get her up here - at the moment it looks like road transport to Troon is the best bet - it would be nice to sail up but will work out more expensive, and then finding the time...
I'm planning to finish off the outstanding jobs on Shurig before putting her up for sale; we're hoping she'll be attractive with all of the things we've replaced and added.
I'll post an advert on the Achilles site when I'm happy she's ready to move on, and we've said our goodbyes (sob).
Dave '2 yachts'.
9:51AM, 14 October 2011 PDT (permalink)

busy home [deleted] says:

well done!
95 months ago (permalink)

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Andrew Curry says:

See what you started Ron! Dave all the best with the new boat.
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jendave1 says:

Thanks guys, will post some pics when next in the same half of the country as the boat!
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Skykomish E29 says:

It was spending 11 nights on our A24 that did it for us. I would say that the lack of space below is the most common reason for owners moving on to other boats. Good luck with the new Westerly they really are great family boats. The people in the berth next to us have a Westerly and love it. We went aboard and were amazed at the amount of room aboard, like a hotel room. Hope you enjoy her. Does this mean another Achilles hitting the "For Sale" section of the website???
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farmer boy says:

Oh Gloom....another move in the direction of more space! ....... and the local yacht broker keeps sending me details of yachts that have been reduced! Such temptation in the name of standing headroom...

Good luck with the Konsort - I have looked at a couple and they are huge inside!
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busy home [deleted] says:

Hang on andrew, Ive not sold Goskar.
at the moment we have three offers on Chille though.
One guy wants 1k one 2k one 3k.. just to take her away.!
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Andrew Curry says:

The room really is the downside of the Achilles. I have also been looking at bigger boats but now is not the right time to change.
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pjbharrison says:

What's wrong with the bigger Achilles yachts?????
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rothwell_neil says:

Nothing, wanted a 9M but eventually decided to stay around the 26ft mark as sail on my own a lot so why go bigger. More room for 2 not more rooms for 4 was my reasoning.
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jendave1 says:

We did need to spend time cruising to find out what suited us best, it is all about compromise. The A24 has been a remarkably sea-worthy little boat, she's never been phased at sea in any conditions. I got the most pleasure from being able to sail from one place to another using the wind & old-fashioned piloting/navigation. We looked at loads of different boats before settling on the Konsort, including the bigger Achilles models (we know from experience they're well-built & seaworthy). By comparison the Westerly is certainly not as pretty.
Jenny wanted to make sure we would be comfortable below, and I wanted something that could take a bit of weather as well as sail reasonably well. This seems to tick those boxes, but I suppose time will tell...
The A24 has taught us all we know about sailing, and we’ve managed things that more experienced people would find daunting in her. Now looking forward to longer cruises in hopefully a bit more comfort, although I expect we’ll never point as high nor move as easily in light winds!
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Vidwatts says:

My dear Aeolus is ideal for what I'm using her for - day racing and cruising with the odd overnight and a few nights cruising once a year if that. I know full well that she's not the boat for a leisurely cruise but I'm happy to charter something for when I need or want something bigger.

I did contemplate buying another boat once for a pure holiday purpose but have decided to stick to "buy small, charter large".
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Skykomish E29 says:

in answer to the Question "What is wrong with the bigger Achilles?" nothing apart from the fact that there aren't so many around, well not for sale at a realistic price anyway. When we moved up we started looking around for a 9m Achilles, but the few that we did find were very over priced and battle weary. I know that we went all the way to Hayling Island to view one after speaking to the broker only to find that it had a hole in the leading edge just above the keel joint and severe rope gouges in the gelcoat on the topsides, plus a surveyor had picked up water ingress into the core at the standing rigging "U" bolts and they were still looking for £16000+ for the boat!!!! That is why we reluctantly looked at other makes.
With the state of the economy and the glut of boats being put up for sale I would think that it must be the ideal time to find a bargain.
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