For sale.

I am putting the Devon Dayboat up for sale because i am having real difficulty working on the refit project and honestly can’t see any way that i am likely to complete it.

I will deal with the problem side first briefly and then get on and talk about the boat.  The problem is joint related, i seem to have rapid deterioration in one knee and i’m not so sure about the other one.  I suspect that i need a knee replacement.  What this means for me is that it has become increasingly difficult to do any work while kneeling and it’s almost impossible to avoid that with this project.

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Ok so onto the boat.

I bought Narwhal last year with the intention of having a long term boat that i could keep at home thus reducing my sailing costs.  I did a series of posts about finding a boat like the Dayboat and this one came at about the right time.    I was prepared to do a complete refit which i thought the boat needed and had plans to convert the basic boat into a small ‘Raid’ style adventuring boat and most likely with a different rig.  For better or worse i have done hardly any work on the project because of the problems i have run into.  I am going to carry on doing the jobs that i have already started eg the new rudder.

The best way of showing the boat is with many of the photographs that i took before and after i bought her.  Currently she is sitting on her trailer in my drive in East Cornwall.  She has the gear that came with her plus some bits and pieces that i have done so far.

In brief :

Its a GRP hull which looks sound, the gelcoat is chalky and either needs a hard cutting compound or a re-paint.

There isn’t much inside the boat, i have finished hacking the foam out of the side tanks and added a henderson hatch each side.

I have done most of the work to build a new rudder as i had a suitable wooden blade lying around which is about the right size and a much better shape than the original which is still here. I have kept the old rudder stock and metal blade, photographed with the new blade in the slide show.

The rig that came with the boat is still here and untouched. I do have the mast that and boom that i was intending to use which is lighter and much more like the section that the Yawl’s use today.  That mast came off a 17′ trapeze dinghy and as far as i can tell would be a strong enough section although it will need cutting to size.   The original masts are heavy but i did get the mainmast up with my partner helping me.   There is some damage at the base of the original mainmast and i think the tabernacle needs replacing.  The sails that came with the boat are pretty old and i was going to replace them once i had a feel for the boat.

The engine is the one that came with the boat, i had it running just after i bought the boat but haven’t run it since then.

There is a small amount of additional new gear, i have fitted the Henderson Hatches , i have a bilge pump and pipework for the boat and put an anchor aside for her.

I have never sailed the boat so i can’t comment on that.

The trailer looks to be in very good condition : it’s an indespension i beleive.

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I am putting her up for the same asking price  (£3000)  as when i bought her as essentially she is the same boat and not messed about with as some feared. I bought her from a DY association member last year.

Contact me through the website, my email address (steve1gunnislake@gmail.com) or leave a message on our home no 01822 834042.

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