|GAFF RIGGED SLOOP. Classic timber gaff rigged sloop in very good condition. The design is based on a Bruce Roberts 19 fixed keel design. The fixed full keel also has shallow draft which is suitable for bay sailing.
The vessel ('BEN HUR') is located at a private canal berth in Newport Waterways at Scarborough just north of Brisbane City with direct access to Moreton Bay. There is potential for the current berth access to be negotiated separately at an extremely reasonable rate. The berth provides excellent access, security and shelter from weather.
BEN HUR was purchased by the current owner approximately 8 years ago and underwent an extensive refurbishment by shipwright Simon Paroz (Breakfast Creek). The refurbishment included a brand new aluminium mast and all spars and rigging in very good condition. The vessel was last surveyed in June 2014 by Barry Colson (copy of survey report available upon request) and considered to be in 'ABOVE AVERAGE' condition.
The vessel has been well maintained and regularly used by the current owner. It is regularly sailed around Moreton Bay with destinations including Moreton Island/Bribie Island/Caboolture River/Mud Island/Shorncliffe/Brisbane River etc.
There is a full set of covers and also a waterproof boom tent that can be used while cruising the bay. The boat has extremely good sailing capabilities and is easy and economical to maintain. The timber hull is reinforced with GRP for additional strength and ease of maintenance.
The vessel is currently comprehensively insured by CLUB MARINE.
This vessel has two comfortable berths and a chemical toilet. There is ample storage within the cabin and under berths for equipment (safety, tools etc). The cockpit includes a large built in ice box with room for up to two large eskies and additional supplies. The cabin includes a house battery (charged by an onboard solar panel) that powers lights/cd player/VHF/automatic bilge pump. Safety equipment includes inflatable life vests/V-sheet/fire blanket/flares/fire extinguisher.
The engine is a near new (Nov 2015) 2 stroke Yamaha 5hp outboard in excellent condition. The outboard includes an internal fuel tank (2.8 litres) and an auxillary tank which holds 12 litres. The are two spare 5 litre fuel containers.
The vessel has been reasonably priced to ensure a quick sale. The owner is open to all reasonable offers and a test sail is available on request.