Our boat is a year old this month, and we are hearing quite a bit about its history.
From the broker who sold it to us, it was purchased for his daughter who didn’t like it, so he decided to sell it as he had another yacht, a large cruiser we believe.
Also according to the broker, the proceeds from the sale of the boat were going to pay off  the gentleman’s mortgage.

But, it has also been discovered that it was originally moored here, which was probably one of the reasons we were allowed a permanent residential berth as The Big Boss (and his staff) knew the boat, and were glad She was coming home.

I met the previous owner fleetingly the day we took possession, just enough to shake his hand as old owner to new rather than get his life history and inside leg measurement (people tend to talk to me about themselves for some reason).
I was surprised at his age, as I had envisioned someone in their late 50s like us, but this chap was well into his 70s. Very pleasant nonetheless.

Fast forward two weeks, and after talking to our new friends about boat maintenance and reliable people, I saw an important van in the car park and walked over to intoduce myself.
This guy is THE man to know about boats, especially if you get into trouble, either in the Marina or out on the water, and had been recommended by several people.
The funny thing is, he ALSO knows our boat (hence my interest) and informed us yesterday that the previous owner had never used it.
He had purchased it last August, berthed it here, then had it taken out of the water for hard standing over the winter (apparently you have to winterise and de-winterise your boat if you don’t use it).
In the spring, it was again ‘seen to’, put in the water and moved to the Marina brokerage in June which is where we saw it.

This would explain its prestine condition with only 37 hours on the engine.

So, we have basically got a brand new boat for a fraction of the price he paid for it last year.


Here are a few pics of the design from the internet:

sea otter


inside double

double (helm end) and seating (bow end)


 kitchen (but I have 2 cupboards under the sink)

This however, is our baby.

frontmidbackForty one feet long (same as our previous house frontage) and a dear little 6 feet 10 inches wide (not as wide as our smallest bedroom) .
This is now Home.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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7 Responses to Bargain!

  1. Crooked Tracks says:

    I think its nice to know the history.

  2. janegundogan says:

    Love it! Daughter was reading over my shoulder. Desperately want to live on a boat now!

    I am going to remind her how she would get ill on the Manly ferry. Might change her mind.

    • Ha! I got sea sick on HMS Victory in dry dock in Portsmouth. I haven’t felt ill once on this, not even when we’re moving.
      The boat has a V shaped hull, which is self ballasting (very technical, I’m repeating phrasing), so although you feel a dip sotospeak when someone comes aboard, it’s not a surge and thus doesn’t affect your equilibrium. Still takes a bit of getting used to though, but we’re coping!.

  3. polarflares says:

    It is so lovely. So will you actually be living in it, part-time or full time? Does it stay on rivers and canals or go in the sea? It looks like lots of fun.

    • This is now Home, so our full time residence, hence the need for a residential permanent mooring so that we had an official address.
      Our licence allows us to go on certain rivers, but our intention is to go out on the canals too as soon as we get some experience and confidence behind us. That too requires a licence and is therefore twice the price.
      There are MILES of canals to explore in the UK, some trips take up to three weeks to complete.
      I don’t think I’d like to put her out in the sea though.

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