Getting a new boat is always exciting - and also a bit frightening especially when it is bigger than the other one and comes with a trailer.
I went down to see the boat which was advertised at £8,500. Jill and I went to see it and pretty much decided that we would love to buy it. There were two other Minstrels on the market at the time - an immaculate one with all the bells and whistles as well as a good engine for £9,500 and a grotty one for £6,500.
In the end I got £1,000 off the price and I think that both John, the former owner, and I were happy with that.
Then it was a case of tracking down a van to rent. I found one for £40 a day which makes buying an old car to tow the boat with an absolute nonsense. The journey home went amazingly smooothly
getting the boat into the garden was impossible with the van - I could not get the long wheel base around the corner - as you will see it is a pretty tight location. I have towed bigger boats into the garden using a 1600 cc sierra. I used to be a tractor driver so I am pretty good with a trailer. In the end a neighbour with a four wheel drive came and drove it into the garden
so here is the boat tour
The boat has two rigs - one high peaked gaff gunter and one bermudan. John had been sailing it with the bermudan but I want to play with the gunter.... so a couple of snags to deal with
The main slides up a slot in the gaff - or at least it should
the outboard well looks great from on to[p but a a bit weird from under the boat - it is designed to work with a short shaft outboard
It will be really interesting to see if it works
and while we are in the garden.... the Seawych is still here. getting it ready for the water has turned out to be a big job - most of the bulkheads had rotted out so the interior has needed a lot of glass fibre work and the temperatures have not helped much
but I am confident that the Seawych will be sailing this summer
generally I like the look of the boat - the stern will take some getting used to