The starter boat series that is.
While i am sat here completely re-writing the second of the Donald Crowhurst series, watching the snow fall and the local kids hooning down the hill outside…..
It’s been a strange couple of days, i haven’t had to go to work which is just as well because the hill is un-drive-able without snow tryes or chains. I have been sat comfortably at my desk drinking coffee by the gallon or manfully holding the sofa down. I’ve had lots of time to read and write…..which is why i am re-writing my badly done Donald Crowhurst story. For occasional breaks i have been working on rig and refit plans for WABI”’ and of course idly boat-surfing on ebay and brokers lists.
A few days ago yet another boat came up in the easily sub-£1000 bracket, another reasonable looking Achilles 24 but again the wrong keel configuration . Another thing that i was searching for in boats for sale was a Hurley 23 to use as the basis for a post to reply to Stephen Mundane’s last comment. You guys keep mentioning other starter boats so i have to go and look at them.
I actually have a problem with the Hurley 22 as i don’t rate them as a good starter boat mainly because they are, i believe, an awkward and cranky boat to sail : notably with bad weather helm and a very heavy helm to boot. The only one i sailed was awful in that respect…..going to windward with the helm heaved up under my armpit and huge vortices boiling off the stalling rudder !. Some time i will do a longer post on that kind of experience because some people love their Hurly’s.
Todays surf of ebay turned up this…..which isn’t exactly a starter boat but might just be the start of a project for someone keen. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Achilles-24-classic-sailing-yacht-Hull-and-cradle-only/112843942084?hash=item1a4605e8c4:g:J~YAAOSwLXtal~J-
Clearly a project because it’s only a hull and a cradle but if you wanted to start a project like the very excellent Roger Taylor’s ‘Mingming 2 then here it is. It’s just down the road from me too !
And there is this one too…also just down the road. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/achilles-24ft-single-keel-sailing-boat/152925919687?_trkparms=pageci%3Ad34e2499-1e2f-11e8-b721-74dbd18057a2%7Cparentrq%3Ae75dcaf11610ac3d4eb81909ffff4706%7Ciid%3A1&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236
A lot nicer, with a trailer and it has some gear.
Nice engine, wrong keel again and too far away but…..