Ok so not exacrly a sports boat question.
Are any of our OZ or NZ readers familiar with the Ross 830?
In photos it looks like a stretched 780. Does it have a bigger cockpit, a longer cabin or a bit of both?
Is it a bigger rig or is it just the 780 rig on a larger boat to make a cruisier version? A CBH rating of .81 indicates it is faster than the 780. Any comments would be appreciated.
Ross 830's are cool boats. You're right, they wouldn't fit into the sportsboat category really.
I knew the bloke who used to own the moulds and together with several builders, he punched about perhaps a dozen of them here in and around Sydney in the early to mid 1990's.
The molds got left outside (after bloke I knew got ill) - and were picked up by a fella up in Queensland, taken there restored and I think they've got a new one on the go now. It may already be floating.
I do believe the major change was to knock the transom out of the back of the cockpit, which would be great. And there was some talk of putting a mother of a retractable bow sprit onto the thing as well. Now THAT would start to make the Ross830 fit more into the sport yacht vein.
I recall that all of the Ross830's I sailed on were fantastic. One had a transom hung rudder set up and it was definitely faster. Might have something to do with the build as well - as skiff guru Paul Kulmar built the one I speak of. Used to have ding dong battles with the beefier Young 88's all over Pittwater back in the day. If you do a google on it, or even search this site, you might find the blokes in Queensland who are breathing new life into the design.
I wonder if you'd throw something like a Mumm30 carbon mast into it!?