After a long time of searching around for boats on a budget
and sadly having a few horror stories with boats boats i had found unable to prove VAT status and some boats just being down right terrible, spending a small fortune on trips to view them.
I have recently found one I am considering and any opinions or pointers would be much appreciated (And its local to me).
The boat is a 14.5m, Professionally built: Ferro
- Cement, Schooner built in 1987. Price
: under £30k
The boat looks in reasonable nick, clean inside and no streaking from the outside except a few bits of rust on some of the rigging
, not on hull
, she is in the water
at present and am considering to go for a full viewing now I have worked out how to finance it.
I have read through several forums
where people advise against ferro
boats due to the resale market, but on the flip side they are very cheap
to buy and strangely I can not find anyone actually saying ferro boats are BAD.. every boat I look at seems to have possible problems: GRP - Osmosis
- Rotting from the inside out there seems to be as much praise for Ferro as negativity but that is the same with all boats.
I am sadly on a budget
and looking for a good sized boat to hopefully circumnavigate as well as charter
from time to time in the future, I ideally do not want to take out finance so am trying to stick with my budget (under £30k).
Some questions I have spinning around my mind:
* How do I know if the hull
is in good condition?
* How do I know if it was infact professionally built? (As they say it is)
* Will a well built ferro boat outlast a steel
or GRP one?
* How much would a boat of this size in ferro cost to insure a year?
Any other pointers or suggestions to look out for would be much appreciated.