Buying a Zephyr
Buying a Zephyr
There are aspects to buying a Zephyr that prospective class participants need to know prior to purchase. All Zephyrs require a Measurement Certificate before entering any national, regional or club Zephyr event. Certificates are issued to the owner and expire at point of sale, so new owners must apply for a replacement. Aspects of the boat rendered non-compliant by previous rule changes will require rectification prior to the replacement certificate being issued.
A spreadsheet for all boats on the ZOA records can be viewed on: - https://www.zephyr.org.nz/files/Zephyr_Measurement_Status_28_Dec_2021.pdf
This list includes the last date of inspection, hull weight, dispensation status and possible non-compliant areas of note. A substantive rule change occurred in 2019, followed by a more comprehensive measuring template in July 2020, so boats measured after the latter date are more likely to have no outstanding areas of non-compliance.
The ZOA strongly advises prospective purchasers with any doubts to contact any class representative on this website prior buying. Most boats have a well-known track record and advice from a regional representative or class measurer may save future angst.
Zephyrs range in price from $500 to $25000 and as expected, a variation this wide is due to condition, equipment and which variant of hull construction. Below are approximate guidelines and descriptions: -
A hull without decks, bulkheads and likely needing replacement of centrecase, transom and some deck beams. No beach trailer rigging or foils. Not for the feint hearted – only suitable for those with advanced boatbuilding skills.
$1500 - $5000
Either a bare hull in very good condition, ready for decking or a complete boat that’s overweight, able to be sailed but ripe for a full deck-off rebuild. Often the spars and foils are poorer quality and may end up being replaced during a full rebuild. Once again, prospective purchasers will need elevated personal boatbuilding skills.
$5000 - $8000
Reasonable quality of boat close to minimum weight with functional equipment, able to be raced with minimal immediate upgrading required.
Down to weight hull restored to a high standard with either Northern Rigging, NZ Rigging or Forged Fabrications spars, good foils, relatively new sail and alloy beach trailer. At the upper end of this price range, a skilled sailor could start winning races.
$15000 - $25000
Brand new Mackay GRP Zephyr. At the lower price end is a new hull on beach trailer only. Purchaser would need to have spars, sail and foils ready to install. The top end would be a sail-away boat.
1-233 Built by Des Townson between 1956 and 1964.
234 – 239 Built by Ian Cook from 1980-81 under guidance from Des Townson.
251 – 260 Built by Noel May and others. The only strip-planked cedar Zephyrs.
301 – 331 Built in Christchurch by several different builders on a mould to dimensions reverse engineered from several Townson built hulls.
501 – 529 Build started by Robert Brooke under the Traditional Boatbuilding School umbrella, based on the Townson plans.
601-609 Salthouse Boatbuilders GRP hulls fitted with timber framing, plywood bulkheads and owner-fitted decking. Hull mould made from a 500 series plug.
700- Mackay Boats full GRP hull and decking, using the same Salthouse built hull mould as used on the 600 series hulls.