Hello i purchased a new centreboard Eolia in Ontario Canada back in 1985. loved the boat! Sold her about 4yrs later to fund business. Always sad.. when I saw her later, I would leave notes to call me when you want to sell. they would call to say they loved her and she was not for sale. Years pass, I try again....same reply. And again... then, last year, a surprise call. Was I still interested in getting her back? YES! So, 34 years after buying her new, we are together again.
so, curious, other than the vinyl wall and ceiling coverings loosening off, are there any other issues with the Eolia? any advice from folks with these now aging boats? look forward to hearing from other owners. thanks Frank
Hi Frank, Welcome to the forum and congratulations on getting her back. It is often said that owning a boat is a journey of love so I expect that memory of another time will see you through to having her as smart as she ever was.
I dont know the particular design, bit you can see in another thread that owners of those older boats feel that they were well built, and built to last. I am sure you will be able to fix any minor issues. What size is she, and where will you sail her now?
The Eolia is a 25. They were amazing as not only fast for a small boat (Philip Briand design) but had a aft stand up head, aft cabin, proper chart table and huge U shaped dinnete (no Vberth) i ordered her as a keel/centreboard version. 5’11” board down BUT only 2’7” board retracted into the shoal keel and rudder raised.
i am from Ontario Canada and began sailing winter months in the Abacos back in 2002 onward. these are shallow waters and her shallow draft will open up SO many places others can’t go.
i figure a 2-3 summer project fitting her out. Electric head, solar, more ventilation, Bimini, furling, much larger water capacity and a ton of little things to,improve her cruising ability.
ive owned tooooo many boats since her and still,own several, but look forward to her and I spending our last years in the Abacos