Reply To: Buying an OK
I’ve been interested in buying an OK for a bit now and managed to grab a first sail in one today. Thought I would enjoy it, but it really surprised me in just how sparkling and delightful the boat actually is. It took all of five minutes in a solid F3 for me to fall for its charms. Just loved it.
Now I had been looking for a boat around £1500-£2000 and have had some conversations with people about OKs, but now puzzling again. The boat I sailed was 2122 (a Synergy I think?) and it was really, really nice. I’ve had to delay any purchase slightly due to car problems, but I’m now wondering is it worth just hanging on in there till next year, try to put more cash into it (£3k+ ish?), would I get a fully plastic boat for that and is it not worth bothering about unless you want to spend a lot more? And there lies the question. Is there any rough price guide for different ages and build of boats and is there any real difference between a 2100+ full plastic boat and a mid 2000s composite boat? 2100 numbered boats seem fairly few and far between in the UK so the other option is to pop over on the ferry and buy a European boat which I’ve done before but I knew what I was looking at when I did that!
Rigs I think I understand but really not sure what to look for in hulls so any help gratefully received!
First let me say you are making the right choice the OK is a fantastic boat as you have already found out. The first stumbling block is the amount of cash you have £1500 to 2000, this might buy you an older boat but without carbon rig and most likely over weight and the wrong hull shape,
( good club boats though if that is all you want to do without carbon rig) and I can assure you it will not be anything like 2122 you sailed and enjoyed. £3000 if you can find anything for sale is a better option but in truth very few boats are available at this price if any. ( when I say if any, I mean with carbon rig and up to date ready to race and competitive) Contact Paul Craig off this website and talk to him or read his threads about buying, he has been looking for a long period of time now he has even explored the European market as you suggest. In the end you only ever get what you pay for. I hope you can sort something for yourself and look forward to meeting up one day on the circuit. In truth there are very few boats for sale Full Stop. Keep checking the boats for sale list though.
Regards Ken Carroll,
Feel free to get in touch if you want a chat. I am the Eastern area rep, what is your location ?
07917377599, Land line 01394 548629