On another note from my rant above I did go look at a yacht today in Port Penrhyn, Bangor, North Wales.
It was a 'Carter 35, 1979, sailing cruiser, Yanmar 2QM20 18hp diesel' £12,500
What a sad state of affairs. I was told on the phone she just needs a few days work on her to get her ready and she is parked out of the water, outside the owners house on a cradle for storage.
The images on the web show her on the cradle and what looks like a stripped hull ready for painting. She reads okay on first read but on inspection not quite what it seems.
It's an entire strip-out and rebuild. Full blown project boat.
, thanks for the heads up on the state of what you might actually go to see.
As soon as I rode up the hill with a spectacular view out over the Irish Sea, I was elevated from sea-level to about 300ft above in seconds.
Anyway, near the top of the hill as I rounded a corner into houses scattered around like a town forgotten and neglected, I spotted this great big white blot on the landscape straight ahead.
This yacht was on a cradle all right, but immediately had I been told it's true state on the phone i'd have ran a mile.
It looks like it has spent about 10 years on the cradle in all weathers and not an inclining of anything being covered.
As I got closer the mast was off and laid on the ground, why they did this I don't know, I suppose it would have fallen over if it was upright with rot, (this is not 100% true, it may be fine under the surface as I may be exaggerating a bit because of the state of the entire boat). Looks like it has been there for the same 10 years though.
Okay, all sail ropes and mast shrouds etc can be replaced. The alloy mast is well weathered and corroded, but it may clean up to be fine for another few years.
incase not, then needs a new mast.
Standing rigging, needs replaced.
The entire top deck has a few years of green mould and a couple of little patches of fungi which I just had to kick out of where it was growing.
every pulley, attachments, rope clamps etc are almost seized or corroded.
I pulled one sail rope apart in front of the owner. It was so rotten and mouldy it had rotted through.
The entire inside has been weathered/battered around so much she really needs re-fitted head-to-toe, but this wouldn't stop her being on the water so could be done.
The engine, box, shaft, prop have been left for about 10 years also. I just have to show a pic of this when I get them off the camera.
I asked the owner when she was last turned over or in use. Mumble,mumble I think he said.
The exhaust, is that what that thing was.
Every nut and bolt on the engine and box are seized or going to snap as soon as you touch them. Some will go from 15mm down to 12mm before you get a chance to have any hope of using a spanner on them.
The entire woodwork is bare on the top deck and some is wet and needs replacing.
I have to stop here because it just gets worse
I never even bothered looking at the sails as I knew what I was going to be looking at.
£12,500 was wanted. ($20,400 us)
So after the look around the owner asked me what I thought?
I wanted the earth to open up and get me away quick from him because I ripped him to bits for having the cheek to place an advert for a pile a rotten junk which is basically now just a shell to start from again and call it a boat.
I asked why it had come to be in such a state of neglect and abuse, mumble, mumble again.
It used to be a beautiful boat in it's day and he is stuck in his head it will be again but doesn't see the boat is a total re-build project and worthless.
I left him with an offer of £1,500 and said this would be a favour to be rid of it from where it is because if it sits there any longer it's going to become entombed on the spot.
So if anyone wants a yacht, like I knew already, keep away from UK owned/priced yachts as they are living in cuckoo land over here with what they think their boats are worth.
They seem to think the book price for a mint condition boat is what theres is worth.
i'm going to look at a few more scattered around.
This is what I went to see.
i'll post back tomorrow after I go look again somewhere else.