I’ve been prompted into action, by one of my much valued appreciators of the site, to give a quick update on the fate of Macavity. As you will have gathered from previous posts, I decided that after five years of brilliant exploration and discovery in dear old Macavity, the time had come to try a bit harder and go a bit further. This meant that I would probably be better off with a different type of boat (long keel for more stability, better accommodation for long trips, inboard engine for crossing shipping lanes, etc). I needed to upgrade, and so ended up buying “Idris” as an ongoing project from a boat breakers. I then had to put “Macavity” up for sale to recover some of my money.
It turned out that I valued my own spending on her a bit too high to start with and got little interest at my starting price of £4000. I didn’t know quite where to pitch her but I knew how much I’d spent on her over the past five years and thought this was quite a fair price. I wasn’t even allowing anything for my own labour (of which there was much), so be aware folks, you won’t ever get rich by restoring old boats!! Anyhow, it soon became clear that all I was getting were people wanting a bit of a day out with no actual cash offers being made. I reduced the asking price to £3500.
At this point it was spring again and I was beginning to get some serious interest with people wanting to view Macavity most weekends. The second serious offer came from a chap who I instantly liked just from his attitude to the boat. He turned up with his father with a great enthusiasm for her and asked all the right questions before making a sensible offer and agreeing to take her on then and there. Within two weeks the money was in my account and Macavity had been trailed up to Wareham, craned into the water and carefully tied onto her new moorings. I have absolutely no doubt that her new owner will continue to keep her up and improve her as I’d intended to myself and I hope he and his family have as much fun with her as I have. Thanks Martyn.