Hello everyone, my partner and I recently purchased a 42’ Hartley South Seas ferro-cement ketch
called Karma. We just sold nearly everything and left Scotland
just in time to watch everyone shiver from a distance and are trying not to rub it in too much…As of mid-November we are living aboard
on the dry in the Algarve for the winter while we get her prepared for sailing next year. As long as everything goes according to plan we hope to float around Feb-March.
Previously I have owned only one boat, a 21’ Victory that I never did any work on. So needless to say the learning
curve is massive. We did lots of homework and are well aware of the debate for and against ferro
boats. Given the budget
we had to work with we felt that we could get a lot more boat for our money
if we went with ferro
. Karma is classed as an amateur build because she wasn’t built by a boatyard; however she was built by an engineer
in South Africa
in 1974 and was built to a very robust standard. Our gut feeling the minute we saw her was to buy now and get a survey
later and we are very happy with that decision. Our surveyor
gave her glowing reviews
and affirmed what we initially thought.
The main priority is the hull
. There one really bad patch that is around the size of a dinner plate that will need to be smashed out and cut back to unaffected mesh and renewed with new mesh and cement. We feel quite capable of doing this ourselves and our surveyor
is going to advise us as well. Has anyone ever done this before?? Please share your experiences if so!
The 12 volt system is slightly dodgy as well, we are going to replace the batteries and rewire everything and would like to know what others’ experiences are with different types of batteries and 12 Volt systems in general. We would say that our power demands are lower than average.
There are tons of other jobs as well but we are focusing on these for the moment. Has anyone got any advice on sourcing batteries in this part of the world? Or anything for that matter…2 drain gate valves need replaced, we need larger solar panels
too, the list goes on…
Thanks for any advice!
Mike & Rosy