IMO The assumption of how the boat was built over a 10 year period is not warranted. It did not take 10 years just to build the hull and that is what is in question here.
I have seen this boat many times and always admire it when visiting Tidewater Yachts in Portsmouth, I made a special trip to get information for Kiper, this information is publicly available on a for sale
sign on the boat.
This particular boat is unique, a lot of time was spent in the details, the amount of brightwork and the condition of the brightwork is superb and there are weather
covers for all of it and if the owner hadn't have divulged the fact that the hull is ferro-cement you would swear that it was fiberglass
it is so fair. I am not surprised it took 10 years to build a lot a care was spent in the details.
Ferro-cement has over the years had a bad rap mainly due to bad material control and a lack of understanding in the mix and application of the material. This application for cement needs a lot more care to exclude impurities in the mix and more care in the curing process than laying a driveway or building a wall.
I beleive from the information I was privvy to on this boat, that this current
owner is the original owner and the person that commissioned the build, for how this boat looks after 30 years, I cannot believe that the boat was poorly constructed.
I agree that a surveyor is required, not just any surveyor, one that knows ferro boats. He will need good credentiasl and be able to demonstrate his prior history
of ferro boat surveys. This will be very important as insurance
is going to be a big issue due to the general predujice that exists for ferro boats.
Originally Posted by hellosailor
"after a 10 year build"
I would consider that to mean it was built by several amateurs not one professional, and there were problems causing the extensive delay.
You'll find few surveyors familiar with ferro. Few insurers who want to know about it. Few yards who can repair it if repairs
are needed. And little resale market--which can mean you can buy it cheap
, or get stuck with it. Or both.
But a ten year build...to me that says worry about why. Even if you can get a professional surveyor and they're impressed with it.