Just a quick heads up on our 2017 Leopard 40
owners version purchase
from the Moorings base on the Seychelles
and the passage
to SE Asia
Made offer in March 2022. Offer rejected, made new offer, offer accepted. Signed contract
with the Moorings sales Brokerage a couple of days later.
The vessel was in charter
until August 2022. Then, for about 2 Months, phase out works, survey
and the usual stuff. Handover of the boat
was set for around November 10th 2022, more or less.
Then i planned to stay 30 days on the Seychelles
to do some own work
on the cat, some upgrades and some further repair
works. ETD was scheduled for December 10th 2022 to the Maledives for a 10 days passage
, crew change there and a 7 days stay in Gan Addu City Atoll. Then departing to Thailand
. ETA there was around January 13th.
Timeframe was tight, but we did it and arrived Thailand
on January 10th.
process was smooth and we received A LOT of support from the Moorings Brokerage. Sale
, negotiations and all talks was done by one person. Between the first offer and the final handover of the vessel, there was a constant exchange of information and support. Most of the time, response time was within a couple of hours. No complains here!
was done by VDL Marine
on the Seychelles. Mr. Vincent Leon, the surveyor
, was of great help. Survey, seatrail, and much more support as an Agent for me who helped me importing goods to the island (I send at least 3 big boxes during the 6 months pre handover). During the phase out works, Vincent was many times at the vessel, having an eye of what has been done so far and keeping me updated. Great work
and great support!
was VAT free with the obligation to export the vessel within a certain time frame to keep it that way. That part, and much more, was arranged by the Moorings manager of the Seychelles Moorings/Sunsail base, JP.
I arrived on November 10th 22 and headed over to the Moorings base on Eden Island Marina. Beautiful place... but not much time to enjoy the Islands...
For the next 30 days i had a tight schedule:
- Own Seatrail
- Install 2500W Inverter
- Install Radar
- Install AIS
- Install sat phone
- Install some multimedia stuff
- SCUBA Compressor
- RIB Dinghy
(not easy to get one on the Seychelles!)
- 4 stroke Outboard
(yes, i hate 2 strokes... LOL)
- Some cracked windows had to be replaced
- Some cosmetic upgrades
- Reorganise Helm
- Check all maintainance works being done and get some additional spare parts
- Purchase of 20x30L Jerry cans and bunkering Diesel
(Just that mission took 1,5 days LOL)
- Dived the vessel a couple of times, cleaned props before departure.
- Get ready for the passage.
During this 30 days, i received a lot of support from the people at the Moorings base.
The base manager, JP, offered a lot of help on getting parts
, preparing for the export process and the clearing out formalities. He drove me to various Marine
supply stores and the port offices.
The Mechanics and Technicians Damien, Marcus, Steven, Sharkley and Biggi were always at the dock
when i needed some help. If something was broken or i needed to get some help, they were there.
The Ladies prepping and cleaning
the vessels for the next charter
guests did a great job and helped me choosing the right cleaning
I received almost daily visits from the Moorings supervisor Stephen. He was very helpful getting some more information about parts and were to get BBQ and stuff. Great guy and had some nice chats with him!
Everything went very smooth and without ANY issues.
5 years in charter - you do not get a new boat! But: The boat
is in very very good shape. I was very happy to see the vessel being taken care of and that there are no major issues visible. All installed items are working and in clean and good order. All issues in the survey had been repaired/taken care of. More than that: some parts failed after handover, like bilge pump
float switch, port engine
blower, a small head
issue... all was taken care for!
We did the 1 month passage without major issues.... One engine
stall problem half way between the Maledives and Indonesia
could be addressed after a sat phone
call to Marcus, the Engine Mechanic
OK, i try not to write too much, sorry. If you guys want to know more about the passage, i can write that part separately.....
Finally... I can say that the whole process, from first contacting the broker
, negotiations, survey, handing over and getting post purchase support including exportation and checkout procedures were absolutely great and without much reason for any complaint.
I would do it the same way again!