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1978 Bombay Trading Co Bombay Clipper 31

9 January, 2013 by EVAN

About this Sailboat:

For sale by owner – a 1978 Bombay Clipper ’31. Coast Guard registered vessel. The BC 31’s enjoy a great reputation as being well built, heavy, and comfortable – good characteristics for the sailor seeking a safe coastal cruiser. This particular one displaces 9400 pounds (including 3300 pounds ballast), draws three and a half feet, and can carry about 415 square feet of sail. Her auxiliary power is a 30 horsepower Westerbeke diesel, just rebuilt this summer. 60 gallon fuel tank was emptied and cleaned in June. She has wheel steering, with a mainsail, a working jib and a smaller storm sail. All sails are in excellent condition and were re-hanked and strenghtened last month. Two anchors (35 and 45) and 200 feet of chain will firmly hold her in place. A three month old Garmin GPS 441S with a new depthsounder is installed on the cockpit table. There are two enormous lazarettes, port and starboard in the cockpit, capable of carrying a full cruising sail inventory, and all those smaller things one always seem to need – tools, lifevests, an inflatable dinghy, buckets, and so forth. Inside she has all the features of a much bigger boat – a confortable head/shower area, refrigiration, a sea-going galley and an enormous saloon with enough storage to accomodate all of your books and food for two months. The head, faucets, and much of the wiring have been replaced recently.
I currently live on the boat and it is sailed two or three times a week. I only mention this to point out that unlike many other boats out there, this one is truly in sail-away condition. She has not been sitting somewhere unattended while the owner waits to sell her. She does not need critical work the owner has given up on doing. She would be quite ready to head out for the Keys tomorrow morning, or the Bahamas, for that matter. The newly rebuilt engine, excellent sails and new navigation equipment guarantee you will not have to worry about how the boat runs – your main concern is where the boat will go.

Equipment on Board:

I am looking at a few much larger boats for myself, but I am not in any rush to sell this one. The price is fair and firm. The boat will come with all the safety equipment required by the Coast Guard, as well as parts, charts, and a plethora of miscellaneous gear typically found on any sound sailboat, such as spare wires, extra tools, tape, paint, owners manuals, etc.
I hate to have to mention this, but this is the internet, and I have some experience selling boats: Please! No dreamers, no tire-kickers, no traders or curious Georges. Please don’t email me if you can’t afford it. Please don’t ask questions about the specifications – all the information you need is on sailboatdata and googling “Bombay Clipper 31” will likely give you most of the information you need, including reputation, sailor’s stories and experiences, and price reference. Lastly, if the ad is still up, the boat is still for sale.
Thank you for your interest and have an excellent Florida day! Email is

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