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After 20 very happy years on the Broads, my parents are reluctantly selling their 1989 MG Spring. This is a 25' 4-6 berth GRP cruising/racing yacht with a winged keel (shallow draft) and mast lowering gear. She is currently lying at Somerleyton

She is currently being advertised through a local broker

http://www.topsail.co.uk/boat.php?refnum=1609

and it would be great if we could keep her on the Broads.

Many thanks,

Simon.


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quote:"......
it would be great if we could keep her on the Broads.
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She doesn't sound ideal for the Broads. A sea toilet (presumably disabled to stay legal) and no obvious place to store/use a Porta Potti.

And, for Broads sailing, don't those off-centre rudders cause problems when attempting to tack near the banks of a shallow river?

Strikes me as a much better boat for coastal waters, and she looks well maintained.

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Feb-10-2011 @ 8:15 AM                           Permalink
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"She doesn't sound ideal for the Broads."


Well she sounds as though she has been for Simon's parents.  Twenty years is a very long time to keep the same boat.

Based at Somerleyton, she may be primarilly used on the somewhat deeper Southern rivers, or even Coastal.

Sounds an ideal boat for there at a very good price.

Admittedly, the sea toilet needs to be modified, but there must be plenty of room in a 25ft boat to install a good-sized holding tank and diverter valve, then you have the best of both worlds.

A nice tidy looking and very capable sea-going boat with a diesel inboard engine. Smile  

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Thank you for the last post - a good way of putting it into perspective - some interesting comments.......

In terms of the twin rudders that has never been a problem sailing on the broads, and the combination of twin rudders and wing keel means that she is a shallow draft boat (3.0') with no comprimise to the sailing performance.

At the end of the day it all depends what you are looking for - I think that she makes an interesting alternative to an 700/800

Simon

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Indeed Strowager, I did say she looked well maintained.
quote:"......
I think that she makes an interesting alternative to an 700/800......."

Oh yes, definitely that. I guess it's just that, being a northern rivers man, I tend to dismiss most modern yachts, with their unbelievably short booms and giant genoas. By the time you've furled the genoa sufficiently to tack easily you tend to be left with an under powered boat that performs badly. (But then most people with that kind of boat don't tend to sail all the way up the Ant regardless of wind direction, as I do. They give up and use an engine!)

That's not to say that she wouldn't be a fine craft for conventional estuary cruising. The wing keel and twin (presumably rather beefily built) rudders make good sense for that.

Yet she does have an A-Frame for mast lowering, so I'd hate to see her taken to sea and never see the Broads again, so I do see the point of feeling it would be good to keep her on the Broads.

Nothing that I have said should put anyone off buying her. It just depends on the kind of sailing the buyer plans to do.

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been on one in the Orwell, she sailed like a dream, even
with a shallow draft, so don't see why she shouldn't
handle well on the broads.
hope they get what they are after.

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of car, metallic green in fact!


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