Also planning my escape on one. Currently refitting on the South coast with a view to heading
off next year. Mine is called Camelaird and was built in 1965. They are very, very strong and
have a very good sea keeping reputation. As you are aware accomodation is not "modern" but
very seaworthy. Be warned however that they are old boats and as a result will require a fairly
rigerous ongoing maintenance programme.
The info on the rudder is correct and Avalon of Arne (the one on Geocities) lost her's (worth a
read). In summary a good sized boat with an excellent reputation. If you want to know more
please feel free to ask any questions (be warned however I may not have the answers !)
I'm the one resposible for the Avalon Website. I've owned the boat for some 12 years now and sailed across to the Caribbean in 95. Am very happy with her. If you have any questions not answered on the website, do get in touch. Which one are you thinking of buying/have you bought?
The rudder has been completely trouble free since the rebuild. I have met a number of other Excalibur owners and am not aware that anyone else has had similar problems.
While not as directionally stable as a long-keeled boat the Excalibur is IMHO far less twitchy and more controllable downwind than most of the modern high-volume boats I've been on. This is probably because of the long fin keel. The Aries copes perfectly in almost all conditions. She is also far lighter on the helm than the long keeled boats I have sailed due to the balanced rudder.
On the plus side, the boat has excellent close-quarters manoeuverability. Not the most important thing for long-distance cruisng, but nice to have.
Great yachts,RORC yacht of the year 2 years running.
I sailed one extensively in the late 60,s early 70's,about 50 made from memory.
You should be able to pick up a good'un for about £25k.
Not the same space as a modern 36 footer but they look like yachts,not floating caravans.If you are just 2 up would be ideal for world cruising..we raced offshore with 6 and that was cramped!
PM me if I can be of any more help.
I bought the "Camelaird of Kent" two months ago. Really looking forward to saling here this summer.
While here a little advuce is needed. I am considering a spray hood for her, any one recommend any one who may have manufacturered a frame for a spray hood and still have the dimensions to make a new one?
I have been quoted 2k to make a frame, canvas it and fit... so though I would love a new hood, that is a lot, so it won't be happening at that kind of money!