The deal is done!! I’m allowing myself to be massively over excited about next years sailing in, what will now definitely be, a different boat. Having spent the Autumn months going to see potential replacements for dear old Macavity whenever I had a bit of spare time, I was getting the impression that people only sold their boats once they had become blatantly and desperately decrepit and unseaworthy. I know I was looking at the bottom end of the market (as always) but some of these things were only going to be a viable project for someone if they were free to a good home……and they were far from that. However as Winter closed in, the true bargain boats started to appear. Went to see a beautiful Wing 25 in Portsmouth that had been lovingly kept in showroom condition, a couple of tatty Invictas, another (very knackered) Wing in Kent, and finally a tired old Halcyon 27 in Poole. The two boats I made firm offers on were the good Wing 25 (as it needed nothing and was safe in a paid up marina berth until March) and the tired Halcyon 27.
The Wing was a lot more money than I had available so I’d have to borrow a fair bit from our mortgage account to make the change but I figured I wouldn’t have to do much to her for years and this would probably be a good thing (unless she sunk!!). The Halcyon was at a sensible price and I could pay it off completely over the course of the winter with a bit of luck and a few weekends sacrificed to working extra hours, but she would require some repair work and would have to be sailed home somehow. Anyhow, the decision was made for me. The owner of the Wing rejected my scandalous offer on his admittedly beautiful boat, while the owner of the Halcyon accepted my pathetic offer on his. The deal was sealed with a quick blast up to Poole with an envelope of cash and everyone was happy. In retrospect, the Halcyon was the best deal for me by far, as I have a slightly unconventional set of priorities when it comes to these things. I’m quite happy to sail her as a scruffy floating project for a few years while I sort out all the minor damage and little problems she has, as long as I know she is sound underneath and should always be worth a bit more than I’ve paid for her.
Her main problems are a rotten floor support and ply bulkhead beside the companionway, rain water ingress through bad cockpit locker lids and deck fittings in need of bedding in. On the plus side she has a very, very good set of sails, a quite recent twin cylinder Lombardini engine, her interior is 99% original and all the electrics are working and professionally installed. Also she was a fair bit closer to the Exe than the Wing and, as a bonus, I can use her over the Winter months in the perfectly sheltered waters of Poole harbour. Result.
There will be some fresh videos of her appearing on youtube as soon as I get a chance to make it up to Poole again in some decent weather. I’ve renamed her “Idris” and updated her details on the small ships register.