Fek this is lovely

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32 Responses to “Fek this is lovely”

  1. 31 August, 2018 at 7:58 amDavid Tyler says:

    Sell your Hunter Minstrel?

    • 31 August, 2018 at 8:46 amdylan winter says:

      I hope I never have to sell her – she is so perfect for this east coast – where I intend to end my sailing days. She is cheap to keep, easy to sail, has already been converted to epower, draws 13 inches, can live in th garden in the winter. As one bloke who owned an old boat but hardly sailed said to me “It keeps the dream alive”.

      Others just as good will come up eventually


  2. 31 August, 2018 at 8:59 amNiall says:

    I think you mean “Feck” but she is sweet as a nut.

  3. 31 August, 2018 at 9:08 amMichael M says:

    This might also fit the bill:

    another Danish sale, a little over your budget : “There is a lot of installation work missing, so we’re almost giving it away, only 129,000 (DKK = 15.5KGBP) if you pick it up as it stands … ”

    Worth a closer look, as in good nick 30-40 years old they go on average for around 225,000 DKK around here

  4. 3 September, 2018 at 7:59 amSue Johnson says:

    Just realised. No wheelhouse on that boat on thelink I just sent. Thought it was too good to be true, so close to home.

    • 4 September, 2018 at 10:02 amdylan winter says:

      Both of the Freewrads on the river here at Waldringfield are for sale. They are tough hulls – but still no heated steering area. They are astonishingly cheap though.

  5. 5 September, 2018 at 9:27 pmpaul says:

    Hi Dylan,
    Don’t really know much about the Fisher boats but there’s one for sale in Newcastle.
    It’s a Fisher 30 but just about within budget


    • 5 September, 2018 at 11:52 pmdylan winter says:

      thanks Paul – too big for me and for the emergency 6hp tohatsu to go on the back. The other thing I learned from the centaur is that even at 26 feet I could get some pretty good marina discounts because they often have spaces for short ones.

  6. 5 September, 2018 at 10:20 pmEuan Mckenzie says:


    What about this one with nice engine and bilge keels?

    • 5 September, 2018 at 11:50 pmdylan winter says:

      good on all counts – except the cabin where I expect to be living for four months a year for about five years. Jill woojld do her nut. That boat has been around for a year or so – the price falling by about £500 a month. Som-one will go for it…but not me

      • 6 September, 2018 at 7:54 amHenrik Scheel says:

        Why not paint the cabin or modify the layout? Seems to be doable.

        • 6 September, 2018 at 8:02 amdylan winter says:

          It is a lot of work – I would have said three month solid yard time – I think that cabin changes, if they are to look good, require a standard of workmanship that I cannot deliver. I keep on looking at it – but even the wheelhouse is different from standard fisher 25s. The head is in the wrong place, the galley is in a weird place.


          • 6 September, 2018 at 8:41 amHenrik Scheel says:

            I would buy it. Then you have it and you can sail it. Maybe you get used to it, if not you can change it over time. From your films I get the impression you can tolerate a lot of inconveniencies that many others would run away from screaming.

          • 6 September, 2018 at 9:16 amdylan winter says:

            you make a good point – and a generous offer.

            I sailed around 5000 miles in one of these

            and probably spent the equivalent of 18 months living in her.

            I expect to live in the Fisher for a year or more – spread over five years. I would hope that Jill will come with me for some it – I know that sailing that converted Fisher would mean that I spent less time with Jill. The price is really attractive though.


          • 6 September, 2018 at 5:48 pmTed Timberlake says:

            At that price there is plenty of leeway as to what and how you bring her up to a better level of comfort, or whatever. Even the engine looks good from the outside. Given your previous statement that a crap boat is better than no boat what is the real reason for rejecting her, certainly without stepping aboard for a look?

  7. 6 September, 2018 at 3:07 pmkevin says:

    Dylan – on the ones without inside pilothouse, would a cockpit enclosure work? They seem to have a hard dodger/windscreen so that part is done. Using maybe a heavier (1.25″ vs 7/8″) stainless frames it could be quite strong. Like the enclosures on flybridge motoryachts.

    Not sure if that off sets the cheap purchase cost. But may get you where you need to be. Also, could be opened / panels removed for fair weather.

    Just a thought.


    • 6 September, 2018 at 3:58 pmdylan winter says:

      The none cabin freewards ones are the same hull -but the fisher hull is no better than a centaur hull – maybe worse. For sailing in scotland in the winter, when the wildlife and the light is at its best it is not just shelter from the wind and rain – I really need to be able to shut the door, turn up the eberspacher and carry on sailing even though it is windchill minus 5 outside.

      I hope I do not get seasick inside.

      I have spoken to a few fisher owners and get mixed reports on this issue. So far thyough I have only been seasick once – and that was on a coastal passage on a friends 33 footer.


      • 10 September, 2018 at 3:32 pmkevin says:

        On sea sickness: I have never been sea sick but I have a very sensitive stomach relative to medicines. Dramamine and Bonine make me feel awful (tried on land). Stugeron is incredibly effective and has minimal side effects until you get a dose too large. First it acts as a stimulant, then apparently in large doses is a seizure med. I take 15mg or less about every 8 hours and never feel sleepy or caffeinated nor sick. May be worth a try while ashore to check side effects. I believe it can be had over-the-counter in the UK. I have a friend whose daughter gets me some while she’s at school in the UK.



  8. 8 September, 2018 at 9:13 pmEuan Mckenzie says:

    How about this one then

    All the attributes you want except the brand!


  9. 10 September, 2018 at 6:24 pmGary says:

    Have you seen this fisher that is up for sale https://yachts.apolloduck.co.uk/boat/fisher-25/577410

  10. 10 September, 2018 at 6:30 pmGary says:

    I now see you’ve already looked at it and dismissed it

  11. 11 September, 2018 at 2:41 pmTed Timberlake says:

    As mentioned n the 6 Sept, looks a good buy. Engine looks well cared for and with 280 hours on the clock. Price has to be right, even if there is some maintenance on the engine to check it out. Your Criticism of the interior I assume to be more cosmetic than structural, but even that is not too difficult. I assume that she would be good to sail keepingleft along the south coast and a tad northwards to the Deben for work over the winter (pun?) be carried out close to home. What do you think Dylan, worth a look?

  12. 13 September, 2018 at 10:34 amHenrik Scheel says:

    Buy the Fisher currently below GBP 8000. This is what what your MOB’s want and the tool needed to keep the saga on track.

  13. 21 September, 2018 at 6:25 pmJustin Harley says:

    Looks incredible value.

    Did you know that the Fisher 25 is back in production. Built in Sri Lanka and imported with heater, electric windlass and everything including a Yanmar 3YM30 engine for £106,000. I saw the first one at Southampton Boat show on Wednesday.

    It had a lot of people looking at it. Such an iconic design.

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