Arion, Tom Thumb 24 junk sloop, for sale, $10,000

  • 05 Apr 2017 01:38
    Message # 4712467

    Hi.  I have decided to list my yacht, Arion, for sale on this website, to see if there are any members who might be interested.  You can see photos of the boat in my member profile albums.  The boat is not yet listed for sale elsewhere and I intend to continue cruising the east coast of Australia this year.  I am currently anchored at Magnetic Island, off Townsville, waiting for a suitable weather window to sail back to the Whitsunday Islands for the winter, and then further south in October 2017.  I've been thinking of selling for some time due to age and health issues.  Arion is a 20 year old steel boat and requires regular maintenance, which is becoming more of a challenge for me every year, as my health declines.  I am also beginning to find long solo passages less fun than they previously were and the time is coming when a small fibreglass daysailer in sheltered waters will suit my purposes better.  Arion, as readers of the JRA magazine will know, has cruised extensively along the east coast of Australia for the last 20 years, between Sydney and Cairns, and is fully equipped for tradewind passages anywhere, including a 14hp Kubotoa diesel, Jordan Series Drogue, Chartplotter, charts of the east coast of Australia, autopilot, and mechanical windvane.  This summer I have replaced the anchor chain (70 metres of 8mm short-link) and the house battery (200amp AGM).  The 35sq metre sail is 7 oz Dacron, triple stitched, and was new in March, 2016.  Mast and spars are alloy.  The steel hull is sound, though ongoing maintenance can be expected.  There has been some rust in the ballast keel area but this has been stabilized by welding steel plates over the ballast and filling the area with vegetable oil.  The low price reflects the reality of the current market in Australia, plus the general age of the boat.  My plan at this stage is to slowly work my way south (out of the cyclone belt!) assuming I do not find a buyer beforehand, and eventually base myself in a sheltered waterway where I can potter around without too much stress.  It may take years to find a buyer, so I decided to list now and see what happens.  This represents a good opportunity for an energetic sailor (chasing that rust) to acquire a beautiful, strong, well-equipped offshore cruiser for a minimal investment.  You do need to be prepared to continue a vigorous maintenance schedule and I will direct you to all areas of the boat that need ongoing attention.

  • 07 Apr 2017 17:38
    Reply # 4730581 on 4712467
    Deleted user

    Having troubles finding the pictures could you just post a link when you get some time please. 

  • 07 Apr 2017 18:11
    Reply # 4730698 on 4712467
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    John

    Click on Graham's name to go to his member's profile. Scroll to the bottom and you'll find his photo albums.

    Chris

    Last modified: 07 Apr 2017 18:12 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 08 Apr 2017 07:29
    Reply # 4736029 on 4730698
    Webmaster JRA wrote:

    John

    Click on Graham's name to go to his member's profile. Scroll to the bottom and you'll find his photo albums.

    Chris


    Thanks for that Chris.  I did not provide a link as there are several albums, each of which would require an individual link.  It is easier just to access them via my member profile. 

    I am feeling a little less desperately ill in the last couple of days, and, as usual, I'm thinking of where I might sail to this winter (being in the tropics, winter is my cruising season), but if a member of the JRA does offer me $10,000 I'll take it.  Sometime in the next 10 years it will be inevitable that I come ashore.  The boat is not listed with a broker and at this stage will not be.  I'll just keep on mooching around and see what happens.  My friends are laying bets that I have at least one more cruise under the keel yet!

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