Good grief, I know this boat. It's definitely a 'working boat', meaning it's mighty rough by current
standards. I also was nearby when its eight-foot centerboard
smashed into an obstacle in the National YC a few years ago, getting stuck in the process. So you want to make sure that's fixed.
Also, as I recall
, it's powered by a Ailsa Craig Diesel
, a long-extinct "big 'n' stupid" make (like Thornycroft, Gray, Petter and Lister). "Big 'n' stupid" in this context is desirable in a cruiser, as it indicates in my usage a low-RPM, very torque-oriented, naturally aspirated 800 lb. beast that has compression
levers and can be started on one cylinder. I recall
seeing it hauled off the boat and it looked like Victor Frankenstein's genset.
Point being that even if it's been rebuilt, it's quite old and may be problematic in terms of repair and spares.
As a liveaboard
, I dunno. It's big enough for one, but is likely considerably narrower than current boats, and probably has the "dark, deep and narrow" cabin
of that era.
OK, I just saw the pictures, and the blindingly white interior
mitigates against the gloom a fair bit.
On the plus side, an aluminum
boat that hasn't disintegrated in 50 years is probably successfully galvanically isolated. And a ketch
is a great short-handed cruising rig.
The boat's on the hard
at Uli Ertel's Pier 35 off Cherry St. at Commissioners. Turn left after the gate and head
toward the crane. Islay is in front of the boat of the booze cruiser Enterprise 2000. Can't miss it.
See? CF works!