Any boat experts about?

#1
I'm thinking of buying a boat for getting out and about at weekends. I live in the Netherlands and theres canals galore here, with the ability to moor in the centre of most towns overnight. Nothing flash and I've come across the boat below. They guy wants 2k euros with mooring fees paid for 2009, which sounds reasonable to me for knocking about in over the summer. Is there any major things I need to look out for?

Thanks in advance

The boat is about 5.5m long and has both an open cockpit and a closed (lockable) cabin. It has electric starter and wheel steering - so its a breeze to use. The 4-stroke motor has never given us a moment of trouble and always starts quickly and effortlessly (I think the motor is a little older, but really runs well).

The open cockpit is large enough for a few friends, but not large enough for a party ;-). There is a seating bench and a raised pilot's chair (which can also fold out the way for more standing room). Standing up in the cockpit, the boat is low enough to get under all but the most ridiculously low bridges in the city. There is also a radio/tape and some small outdoor speakers.

The cabin has bench seating down each side and a stowable table. It is a bit dated (think Austin Powers) but dry and comfortable. You can also drop the table down and close the gap between the 2 benches to create a single large double bed. Its great for a quick camping-style weekend getaway or just for hiding out when the weather turns. There is even a little porta-loo in case of emergencies.

The boat comes complete with everything that you would need including locks for securing it in the city, bumpers, gas can etc.




 

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#3
Not a bad little day boat/weekender. As said previously, get a survey, look for any signs of osmosis (unlikely on fresh water) and have a good look at it. Seems a reasonable price, about £1,500. Same sort of price over here.
I have a slightly larger one, 23ft sleeps 4 comfortably. Brilliant fun. But if you want to really know what it's like to own one, stand in a very cold shower and tear up £50 notes for an hour.
 
#4
All of the above apart from painted topsides; not a problem, lots of older boats are painted.

Do you have the appropriate licenses? I.m pretty certain that Netherlands requires a formal qualification both for inland waterways and open sea
 
#5
feu_de_joie said:
All of the above apart from painted topsides; not a problem, lots of older boats are painted.

Do you have the appropriate licenses? I.m pretty certain that Netherlands requires a formal qualification both for inland waterways and open sea
IIRC if the boat is less than 20m in length and doesn't do over 20kmh, you don't need anything. It would be wise to check that's correct.

And osmosis shouldn't be a problem as whatever sort of water there is in a Dutch canal, there's no way it could be considered as fresh. C1000 shopping trolleys, the odd 2CV and enough biycles to get half of China on the move soon sees to that.
 
#6
Thanks for the sound advice guys, much appreciated.

Mooring fees for Amsterdam are 80 euros per year and you can moor anywhere theres space, unless it says otherwise. Additional fees for small towns but a few euros overnight.

No licence required for this little thing, so get in and go. I have done some offshore sailing and plenty of dinghy sailing so not a complete novice on deck. I'm not after speed and power, just pottering about at the weekend, so this sort of thing is ideal.

I'm off to take a look at it tomorrow and I'll let you know what I find. Cheers.
 

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#7
I nearly got a 36ft yacht a few years back. Consulting with people who knew far more than I do made me realise that its a cash and time hoover that nothing with tits or wheels compares with. The value only goes one way, rather rapidly if you are not careful.
Not likely to bankrupt you with a 2k initial investment, but note the wise words of OFH.
Does not even look big enough to smuggle booze and porn across the Channel in :wink:
 
#8
Apologies for being a bit slack about getting back on this. Anyway, it is a pretty good boat if a little tatty round the edges. Some work is required, but its only cosmetic. The hull is sound as is the motor. So I'm going to make an offer of 1500 euros, they are keen to sell so I think it will be accepted.

It has to come out of the water this winter as the hull is quite well fouled and needs a bloody good clean, that will cost me out and in, about 100 euros. Cleaning by me of course.
 

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