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    Default Possible?

    I grew up around my dad tinkering with boats and stripping anti fouling lol

    Now I've wanted my own boat for a while but cost of a lot of the fancier marinas was just too much, plus didnt want to pay fortunes to have a boat on hardstanding as I restored it. I've since found this place, near me and looks pretty decent and might be somewhere I can restore a boat. £80 a year membership (plus joining fee)

    http://eastbelfastyachtclub.yolasite.com/

    would it be possible you think to get a decent sized boat and restore it myself?

    I saw that solani class 38ft boat put up here in bangor went for £700! would it be possible to restore something like that without it costing tens of thousands. I'm aware I'm after a champagne lifestyle for lemonade money.

    but if can keep mooring charges down and do the work myself? My dad could give me a hand as regards the engines etc.

    if someone could bring me down to earth here and a bit of experience/realism.. lol

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    following a rethink, im thinking maybe a 70's grp about 26ft, might be a better starting point.

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    Now thats far more sensible, there are a lot of 70's yachts out there that are frankly worn out & of low value. Be warned it will still cost you a fair bit. New Engine, Rigging, wiring, fittings, fuel tank, toilet, windows, sails, headlinings, upholstery. Before you know it you will be up to ten grand & then probably stop counting! A boat built in 1971 like my Sabre 27 is now 40 years old, granted mine was probably one of the most knackered of her class but she was very cheap. In reality i bought a cheap hull & deck.
    Still she is starting to look smart now!

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    You want something like this !

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...#ht_500wt_1156

    And before you ask, no, its not for sale !, i only just bought it and intend to get it up to scratch myself with a budget of only £1000, although where it is in reading at the moment, is costing £130 a month on the hardstanding !!, i would love to find somewhere cheaper as thats a big chunk of my leisure budget taken up each month

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    yeah, taken me years to find somewhere I could work on a boat on the cheap.

    just need the boat now, I wonder if theres any abandoned projects etc maybe there already. just have to see what turns up.

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    Try this


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    Location: B & J Boatyard, Bangor, Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland.
    Sailing Yacht “SHEELIN”

    R.N.S.A. “Solani Class”

    Specifications

    Description Designer. Maurice Griffiths G.M. A.I.N.A.
    L.O.A. 38`6¨
    Beam. 10`4¨
    Draught. 4`3¨
    Builder. P.J. Cosgrove. Freetown.
    Year. 1951.
    Class. R.N.S.A “Solani” Class.
    Reg Tonnage 8.85.
    Keel. Long Lead Ballast Keel. 3.12 tons
    Varnished Topsides. Mahogany planking on Native Oak.
    Hull. Mahogany, Copper Sheathed.
    Deck. Laid African Mahogany, painted.
    Steering Tiller


    (2)
    Rig. Sail Plan Bermudan Cutter.
    Spars. Pine, solid section mast and boom
    Standing Rigging Galvanised, replaced 1996
    Running Rigging 2 x spinnaker sheets and spi-pole.

    Machinery Diesel Engine. Mercedes 42hp. 2:1 Reduction
    Propeller Three bladed, off-set to port side.
    Fuel 3 x Copper fuel tanks
    Water 2 x S/S Water Tanks, manual pumps
    Anchor Winch Manual
    Ships Batteries 2xhouse, 2xengine(latter to replace)

    Accomodation Berths Five in three cabins
    Galley Gas, 2 burners, oven & grill + sink
    Heads Separate heads and hand basin
    Saloon Standing Headroom

    Inventory Navigation Compass,E-sounder,Autopilot.VHF
    2 x Bronze Mainsheet Winches,
    Navigation lights, Warps & fenders,
    Ground Tackle 2 x C.Q.R Anchors.1x25Kg.1x20kg
    . Good quantity of chain and warp
    Safety Equipment Hand and 2 x electric bilge pumps
    Extras Large quantity of spares and tools

    Description
    “Sheelin” with her built up topsides, is instantly recognisable as coming from the drawing board of the respected designer Maurice Griffiths. A class of sailing vessel commissioned by the Royal Naval Sailing Association after extensive research and based on the following design brief.

    “The Solani class should be a moderate displacement auxiliary cruising yacht which must be safe and easy for an inexperienced crew to handle, comfortable for four persons to cruise in, reasonably fast, and equally suitable for deep water passages and for estuary cruising or “ditch crawling” (please see attached article from Yachting Monthly 1946)

    Unlike many wooden sailing yachts built in UK after the war and during the fifties, that were constructed with relatively unseasoned timbers, and perhaps galvanised ribs, the
    combination of which left many in an almost un-restorable condition by the eighties
    “Sheelin” had the good fortune to be built in British West Africa from selected, prime quality native timber, fully seasoned, and which has largely stood the test of time.
    (3)
    The vessel has been in Northern Ireland for many years, was cruised extensively and was well known within the local Club racing circuit. Apart from on-going maintenance including regular servicing of the engine until 2004 as stated by the previous owner, refits have included:
    1983 Cockpit removed and rebuilt by Bangor Shipyard Co.
    1984 Gunwale planks replaced. Chain plates renewed and the 1 inch bronze keel bolts examined by Bangor Shipyard Co. 1996 Standing Rigging replaced.
    2008 Mast professionally refurbished plus all mast fittings. (now looks like a new mast).

    Commentary
    The present run down condition of the vessel is due to fact that both the present and previous owners suffered long ill-health, resulting in nine years of neglect, with the vessel in the boat yard on dry land for eight of those years. As a result of her present owners on-going ill health, and for this reason only, she is offered for sale.

    In 2007 the present owner began a restoration which was soon curtailed by ill-ness and thus down below “Sheelin” resembles an abandoned workshop, not helped by the occasional ingress of rainwater from open hatches.
    However, a dedicated wooden boat enthusiast will immediately recognise “Sheelins`” potential, and realise that apart from some isolated “soft spots” she is an extremely sound vessel, eminently worthy of restoration, much of which will be cosmetic in nature.

    A December 2006 Survey report is available, for information only, to serious purchasers who wish to view the vessel and from which the following observations are quoted.
    “Planking all appears serviceable” “All through hull fittings are bronze, well fitted and appear secure” “The outboard mahogany rudder is well fitted and secure” “Sails all appear serviceable with only some general re-stitching required”
    But perhaps most important from the surveyors summary “The vessel is constructed of quality materials and has the potential to be recovered after a period of restoration”

    “Sheelin” is therefore a viable and worthwhile proposition for a hands on, classic wooden boat enthusiast of the “old school“, and who is able to recognise an opportunity when they see one.

    Contacts: Charlie Wood. email: chaz.wood@yahoo.co.uk Tel +44(0)7968585641
    RELAX, Rum may not be the answer, but nor is water or juice. Now what is your Question?

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    ahead of you squire.

    it was sold to the isle of skye boat yard for 700 pounds apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by playford View Post
    ahead of you squire.

    it was sold to the isle of skye boat yard for 700 pounds apparently.
    How about offering them £1,400.00 so they double their money?
    RELAX, Rum may not be the answer, but nor is water or juice. Now what is your Question?

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    I'd need to get it back from the isle of skye as well!

    no hurry, better to get the right boat. I think theres gonna be plenty of project boats doing the rounds at the minute. I'm lucky in that I dont have a huge mortgage or kids, but if people are cutting back that 200 a month having a boat that needs money spent on it will be up for sale quick enough.

    I'm hoping in a boatyard that a bit of chinese whispers goes on about boats going as well. great believer in fate at times, think the right boat is out there.

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    May you have great luck in your quest.
    RELAX, Rum may not be the answer, but nor is water or juice. Now what is your Question?

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