Motorboat & Yachting - - Buying A Used... - Tony Mcgrail, yacht sur­veyor Tel: +44 (0)7711 329314,­pery­acht­sur­

These boats are one of the true hand-built pro­duc­tion boats still around so you can ex­pect tra­di­tional build tech­niques in­side a tough hand-laid GRP hull and deck.

Struc­tural GRP is­sues should not be a prob­lem, ex­cept on the older ex­am­ples were the dreaded os­motic blis­ter­ing may oc­cur, but do not ex­pect to find any stress crack­ing or star craz­ing on the tough semi-dis­place­ment hulls. These have in­te­gral keels for added strength and well-rounded bilges for a soft ride in head seas.

In­ter­nally, good old fash­ioned BS1088 ply­wood is used on the en­gine­room bulk­heads and sole boards with solid teak join­ery work, but do check the con­di­tion of the tra­di­tional tung var­nish (or oil) as this can prove an ex­pen­sive and time con­sum­ing job if re­fur­bish­ment is needed. Ar­eas which are prone to degra­da­tion are around the ex­pan­sive cabin win­dow glass.

Most decks are teak-laid us­ing solid ½in teak plank­ing. Again, de­pend­ing on the age of the ves­sel, these can suf­fer from sur­face wear and in bad cases, fas­ten­ing fail­ure. Look out for proud caulk­ing and lost screw plugs.

Ma­chin­ery-wise, you pay your money and make your choice, but I would favour the lower-pow­ered op­tion any day and tick along at around 10 knots to max­imise com­fort and ef­fi­ciency. If you feel the need to go faster, the largest en­gine op­tions are good for a po­ten­tial top speed of around 25 knots.

All in all it’s a fine boat, Bri­tish-built but ex­pen­sive, which is re­flected in the high resid­ual val­ues.

The big diesel en­gines are tucked un­der the saloon

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