But i still have a mind to refit something like this : back on Ebay for £500 with no bids.
The same boat has now popped up at least 3 times to my knowledge : FYI its a Deben 4 tonner, very similar to the one i had and cordially disliked.
The one i had wasn’t in as good condition as this one seems to be, equally though it hasn’t got an engine or a rig and is a very long way away or i would at least have gone for a look-see. I am a bit suspicous as its been up for sale and bid on/shown as sold several times so its possible that there is a major problem with it.
With small wooden boats i do like the deck-edge cabin design as it makes best use of the interior space, given all the problems with the one i had i still managed to totally embarass a larger and more modern cruiser-racer when sailing it back from chichester. As small wooden boats go these can be better than many and i have seen a couple of nicely restored ones : there is a problem with many later ones in that they were built often of very poor materials in the post war period when proper materials were expensive and in short supply. Starting out now i would seriously consider taking this on as my £1000 boat project except that it would work out a lot more expensive than that by the time it had a rig and sails.
There we go again : one week i want something that planes…..this week i have gone not just retro but smelly-pipe and coal-stove retro. Sigh….