When Nephew was looking for his Centaur, he asked me along on a couple of the excursions to view vessels. It was finally narrowed down to 3 boats.
The nicest of the boats, (and it was gorgeous), he had his heart inclined towards. One of the other two was very cheap
and required a lot of work, and the other one needed a good clean and a buff up. The interesting thing was that the price
for each was boat was within 1500 Sterling. (the cheapo had extras which he was selling on top of the price)
I looked over the nice vessel. It was gorgeous. Nephew had asked me to bid for him... so I looked carefully....... and then I offered a price
at 40% below what was asked. The owner nearly had a coronary and my nephew gasped. We left with a very insulted owner closing the gate behind us.
We eventually made an offer on the slightly scruffy one, and it was accepted. We cleaned and buffed it and spent maybe 1200 sterling on essentials and it is a beautiful little boat.
So why didnt I go for the gorgeous one? As I explained it to the nephew.....
changed 2001. Sails
replaced 2002. Original high hours engine
. Running rigging
changed as needed. Original toilet pipework, original this, original that.
It was due for a complete refit
. With a new engine
it easily could have double the price of the boat alone... add new rigging, new sails
?......... No thank you.
The one we purchased had ALL new rigging in 2010. Mast
'serviced' Engine replaced, low hours in 2009. All new lines, toilet replaced in 2012, new plumbing
, new wiring
tested, bits and pieces had been done as required. It just needed a good buffing and a touch up here and there. The nice thing about the Westerly Centaur is that the price is established between 5-12k sterling, averaging about 7k and there are oh so many to choose from.
The boat is now possessing about 2K+ sterling in upgrades. For all that, it is still only hovering around the 10K sterling mark in total ($16000)
What does he have for the money
? A great safe, seaworthy
coastal cruiser of the plodding to fast walk variety..... a go anywhere little trooper on a bilge keel
that will take weather
and has a bit of room internally.......
As I get to use it as well, Im giving serious thought to taking it from the Bristol Channel to the Isles of Scilly at some stage, its something Ive always wanted to do. I mentioned it to nephew and his eyes lit up so I might even get to have crew.. oh wait.... its his boat so I would be crew.