I have a Hartley 32 that was professionally built in ferro
. I am in the process of fitting out, and she is on the hard
near my factory.
is very fair, and we have sanded it back in preparation for a 2 pack paint
job. After this, she will look like any other boat in the marina.
gets a lot of unfair raps from people whose only experience has been to see the very poorly build "backyard" boats from the 60's and 70's when the material costs were very cheap
, and it seemed nearly everyone was building one. This is also a major contributor to the poor resale prices. Don't get me wrong, I have seen some real shockers, but there are many out there that are pleasing to the eye as well as being good comfortable cruising boats.
A professionally designed and built ferro boat "Helsal" was a regular competitor in offshore
yacht races in the 1970's, and always a good performer. Among other acheivements, she won the prestigous offshore
races such as Sydney
to Hobart, Sydney
to Lord Howe Island and Sydney to Mooloolaba. She now has a more comfortable life being a charter
vessel in the Whitsunday Islands off the Queensland
I was looking for a cost effective way to get a decent sized cruising boat, and I came across this ferro project
boat; it was built in 1980, and had been in the water
for over 20 years with no signs of armature rusting, cracking of cememt, or patching of repairs
. I figure that 20 years in the hostile marine environment
is a good test, and that build quality problems would have arisen by now.
Working with a ferro hull
is not without challenges, but what boat building project
is ever as straight forward and easy as you initially thought? All building materials will have advantages and disadvatages.
For me, I am happy with the choice I have made, and I look forward with anticipation to the day when she is wet again.