Two days ago I was walking beside the River Crouch at South Fambridge when I saw a Van de Stadt Pioneer 9, mentioned in a previous blog*. I couldn’t resist taking a photograph of her because she looked attractive and because she brought back memories of my own Pioneer 9, ‘Aziz’.
Here’s the beginning of an account of a cruise I had with ‘Aziz’ in 1997.
Cruise of the ‘Aziz’ a Pioneer 9 Part 1
Out of curiosity I’ve discovered there are at least four Pioneer 9s for sale in the UK, one them being the Fambridge yacht at £5,500. She’s been on the market for at least a year, and I guess the owner may be open to offers. If she were as cheap to keep as my West Wight Potter I would be interested in having a look at her. A Pioneer 9 is a joy to sail because of being responsive to the helm and being well-balanced. If I have any criticism, I believe she should have more ballast on her fin keel to make her more stable.
*Pioneer 9 ‘Aziz’
Pioneer 9 for Sale £4,000 – Ancasta
Pioneer 9 for Sale £5,200 – Boatshed.Com
Pioneer 9 for Sale £5,500 – Western Horizon Yachts
Pioneer 9 for Sale £5,500 –Apolloduck (Sale agreed)
Pioneer 9 for Sale £8,950 – Network Yacht Brokers
Pioneer 9 for Sale £10,000 – Boatshed.Com