If the previous picture is really from her she was VERY amateurishly made.
Well, not a matter of IF: Same boat.
Look around on this forum and you may find a thread on the boat and her faith.
Yes, indeed built by an amateur, a school
teacher in Canada
and therein lies the problem with ferro boats: Most are built by amateurs, and mainly to save money
. No wonder the quality is all over the place and no wonder most folks stay away from them except the bargain hunters.
The boat in the pictures was sold for $15K summer 2008 with an operating engine
and some sails
, spares and a dinghy
. Even at that price
it took a long time to sell it.
The owner had no idea how rotten the boat was and the buyer would not get it surveyed due to cost.
($20.00 per foot in Fort Lauderdale)
The boat is now on the bottom of a deep ocean as there was nothing left to repair.
The buyer is alive because of this incident: He had planned to sail it solo across the Atlantic and odds are good it would have broken apart in the first storm or in the first set of big waves if one is to judge general sea-worthiness from the first picture above .
I am kind of scratching my head
on this whole ferro craze: If one have to build his own boat, why not learn to weld aluminum
? (Fairly easy to cut with the right tools and last a long time)
The price of an engine
is the same, so is mast
, rig, sails
, etc, etc AND an alu boat holds a much better re-sale value.