Hello fellow sailors
It's been a tough couple of years for us, as it's been for so many people. The lovely boat
we bought before covid has been sitting in the boatyard since then, without us able to get to it to do maintenance
Since then, I've had a back injury and we're not boating
anymore. So much for our dreams of cruising European waters.
The problem is, the boat's in northern France
and we're in Canada
. It's been impossible to try to sell her from here. We're not rich, and we've got to cut out something so we can stop bending our budget
into little origami shapes, so that's one of the somethings.
But she's still good for sailing. We got a survey
done last year, which you're welcome to see. I've included photos of her before we left, looking good, and after, from the survey
, when she's looking very sad. Happily, belowdecks she looks the same, except for a small area below one of the vents which leaked. A small part of the panelling overhead got water
damaged from the rain.
What's nice about steel
boats is you can see the shape the hull's in. Not like fibreglass, capable of hiding a host of trouble. And the survey includes measurements for hull
thickness, so you know what you're dealing with. We asked the surveyor
to concentrate on the hull
and any potential problem areas, so people would know what's what. We've got loads more photos, but no room on this post for them.
She needs the hull sandblasting. The engine's in good shape. I'll include the full write-up below. If we could afford to fly over to France
, we'd at least be able to sell off the valuable bits for parts
, like the 30hp Lister engine
, the Taylors brass kerosene oven
, the Aries
lift-up wind vane
, and more. But we can't afford it, neither financially nor temporally.
This is where you come in. If you're serious, take her and let her live again. I'd rather give her to you than see her cut up for scrap. If you're not serious, please don't contact us. It's already been enough hassle and heartache dealing with this. I can't deal with tire-kickers as well.
Here's the blurb:
: 35.5 ft (10.82m) (plus bowsprit)
Beam: 10 ft 8 / 3.3m
Draught: 5.5 ft / 1.7m
: 18,000 lbs / 8160 kg
is a Lister SR4, four cylinder diesel
, 30 horse - Clydesdales, not show ponies. It's one of the most reliable engines made. It is air cooled so you have no underwater fittings, no heat exchangers to clog up, or cylinder head
warping or overheating
. It is in excellent condition. As long as the fuel
is not frozen or waxy Listers will start in all conditions. There's two 30 gallon (135L) steel fuel tanks
. The gearbox
is hydraulic in neutral and reverse gear
but manual in forward gear
, so if there was ever a problem, you can start the engine in gear to get you home. At the end of the gearbox
is a 2:1 reduction gear which drives a 1 3/4 stainless steel
shaft which is in turn in a stainless steel
tube. It is of commercial fishing boat
standards. She swings a 2 bladed, 19.5 propeller
. There are lots of spare engine parts
Structurally, the bottom of the keel
is 3/4" thick, the keel
is 6mm, hull is 4mm, chines are 5mm, decks are 1/8" plate, cabin
sides are 4mm. She is framed every 18 inches with 1 1/2" x 1/4" bar. All surfaces are curved on the hull and she has 1" by 1" square profile thick wall tubing every 18 on the deck
. The original Charybdis Mk II design had a 4 ft draught, but that was modified on this boat and extended to 5' 6. The keel is a long fin, with skeg hung rudder
, and she tracks and manoeuvres superbly.
, there's a cruising chute with snuffer, 180% tri-radial on a Harken furler
, a hanked-on genoa
on the forestay, a heavy weather
foresail with hanks, a storm jib
and other jibs, plus a spare set of main and mizzen sails
. All the sails are in great condition, except for the main and the furling genoa
which are in good condition. Most are from Quay Sails of Poole. The foresail sheets
lead to a pair of Gibbs two speed self tailing
winches in the cockpit
. All chain cable with Bruce and Danforth anchor
, Moyle single
. There's also an Aries
lift-up wind vane
Belowdecks, there is an aft cabin
, not connected to the main cabin, a galley
in the main cabin, and the forepeak area houses (boats?) the heads, heater
, and sail and hanging locker areas. The forepeak heater's a Refleks diesel
drip feed with hotplate, and the galley
boasts a lovely brass Taylors kerosene oven
. There's an Eberspacher diesel heater
for the main cabin, but we haven't tried it. The interior
is fitted out with Burmese teak
and Australian jarrah woods - not the flimsy stuff you get these days, but heavy solid planking. As previously mentioned, the plumbing
systems are rudimentary, as is the nav system (charts) and olde style depthfinder. There are some quite nice brass kerosene lamps for illumination.
Most of the standing rigging
was replaced in 2016.
There's a fairly recent survey for the boat, from July of 2022. It's structurally sound, but, as we said, could use some plumbing
upgrading, as well as a full sandblast and paint
So that's where it stands.
If you're interested, I'm not sure if you can PM me, never having used it before, but at least reply to the post and we'll communicate further.