Recently while wandering around a boat
yard in England
with my dog I stumbled on a beautiful boat
tucked away between some newer boats on the hard
. Her mast
was down, the wood looked a little weathered and you can tell she had seen better days. But man, she must have been a looker and I fell for her.
I come from a racing
background and have never done extended cruising
since we lived on an island. It is something that I want to get into (would one day like to circumnavigate amongst other things). I also like old things - old houses, old cars etc. I think it is nice to have a love affair and be able to look back 20 years and say, 'remember when'. So I am inclined to get a classic
boat (but no wood hulls, my first boat ever was wood - too much work).
I don't know much about the girl, the boatyard was not too useful. I was told it was a Chow Lee to start with - knew that was a bit askew! In any event, it looks like she is a Rhodes Reliant or an Offshore
(Empire 40). They said she was from the 80s, but I don't think so as I found a Rhodes fan page and they said the boat was made in the 60s up to 73 was it? So, can anyone confirm she is a Cheoy Lee
Rhodes Reliant? A very good bluewater
boat if my research
serves me correctly? She supposedly has a new Perkins
in her and new masts (or one new mast
, must ask). They said 'the deck
needs work'. I would like to keep the teak
- can I do it in stages or does the whole thing need to be done at once. I will get a survey
done, just initial thoughts if you like please?
So any advice/thoughts. She was listed at 30k GBP and is not marked at down considerably - a little less than 20 now. Sound like good money
? It sounds like the deck
will be around 30K US, so that alone is a killer, perhaps I can knock em down a bit.
In any event, thoughts much appreciated.