Paid X for Sam McGee, paid x to have her pulled off the sand bar at Grant Island. Jumped on board put the new headsail on the furler
and sailed her 558 miles. Had to layover in Vero Beach to replace the tiller handle (a piece of wood
). Had to crank down the shrouds to get the mizzen mast
to finally settle through the rotted mast step onto the steel
mast mount (another piece of wood
). See the story here: Mast Step Replacement
As soon as Tin Cup is back in the water
, Sam McGee will be going to a new home, the word is out in the basin that she is for sale
, currently entertaining offers between 1.5X and 2X, just got to get the other boat done first.
Usually the biggest problems we find on Ferro boats is rotted or watersoaked woodwork, which then causes issues with moisture getting into the cement and attacking the steel
boats have a long way to go to achieve the life span of many Ferro boats. I believe to date the oldest sailing ferro boat is a little over 100 years old and still sailing the med, not to mention all the ferro structures that were floated over (makes them a vessel) for D-Day that are still in place.
The self reliance movement and rush to build ferro boats back in the 60's and 70's caused a lot of bad examples to be built in backyards and farm fields and as a result most american based insurance
companies will not insure them.
There are a few qualified surveyors with experience in Ferro Cement that can give you a survey
that will be accepted by some of the international marine
The fact is Ferro boats last a long time, sadly the uglier examples seem to be lasting the longest, at least in the minds of the inexperienced or uninformed.
BTW X= 6 x=1