Buying a boat , fantasy or reality?............

@CptDanjou There's a very informative discussion going on at the Fisher Owner's Association on the use of legs on boats at the moment. All Fisher 25s have the fittings on the side for legs:
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(a previous owner of my little boat had the original legs away, unfortunately). Sadly you have to be a member to access the forum, but here's a couple of pictures which were posted by one of our leading lights showing the arrangement with home-made legs and ladder:
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The F25 is quite happy to rest on its keel, taking the full weight of the boat. Also happy to use only one leg while reclining against a dock wall. There should be very little stress on the legs, normally, and adjustables are commonly used to keep it that way.
 
Re: Bilge plates; the discussion on legs etc is ongoing at the FOA, and I note one old hand saying:
...unless the hull has been specifically designed and built to accommodate them they may cause unacceptable stresses on the hull. Even purpose designed bilge keelers have had problems. I recall that early Westerly Centaurs had to have work done on them after a few years to reinforce the hulls by bonding in additional transverse floors. Essentially, because the bilge plates are splayed out at an angle, when the boat rests on one or they are both covered when the boat sinks into mud they exert a significant twisting force on the hull with predictable results.
 
@Whiskybreath - a little bit of 'Hardy' porn for you, chap.

This handsome thing has just popped up 2 berths down from me: and I have to say that I'm rather impressed with this 42' of good looking boat. The owners would seem to have fairly deep pockets as they are good customers to Raymarine and Furuno, as that raster radar is close to commercial standard:

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@Whiskybreath - a little bit of 'Hardy' porn for you, chap.

This handsome thing has just popped up 2 berths down from me: and I have to say that I'm rather impressed with this 42' of good looking boat. The owners would seem to have fairly deep pockets as they are good customers to Raymarine and Furuno, as that raster radar is close to commercial standard:

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They are (to my eye) good looking boats and have a good rep. In my neck of the woods we see the ones used by the RNLI and Raymarine for training/trials respectively pootling about occasionally. There is a 36 at the boatshow that I intend to have a look aboard on Sunday.
 
They are (to my eye) good looking boats and have a good rep. In my neck of the woods we see the ones used by the RNLI and Raymarine for training/trials respectively pootling about occasionally. There is a 36 at the boatshow that I intend to have a look aboard on Sunday.
A bloody good sea boat: a lot of marine Police units have Hardys, mostly the 36' from what I've seen.
 
@Whiskybreath - a little bit of 'Hardy' porn for you, chap.
This handsome thing has just popped up 2 berths down from me: and I have to say that I'm rather impressed with this 42' of good looking boat. The owners would seem to have fairly deep pockets as they are good customers to Raymarine and Furuno, as that raster radar is close to commercial standard:

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That is a nice looking boat.
 
@Whiskybreath - a little bit of 'Hardy' porn for you, chap.

This handsome thing has just popped up 2 berths down from me: and I have to say that I'm rather impressed with this 42' of good looking boat. The owners would seem to have fairly deep pockets as they are good customers to Raymarine and Furuno, as that raster radar is close to commercial standard:

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Jaws are slathering. Swine.
 
I've now got 'Hornbill II' up for sale. I feel awful; it seems treacherous somehow, and I can't bear the sight of the plastic 'For Sale' signs up on the pulpit. All that work (lots), all that pain (aigh), all that love, all that cosy smugness in hard weather (not to mention the many East Africa 5- and 10-cent pieces taking the place of washers all over her, minted in the year of my birth - egocentric or what?)

Bollocks; I want something faster; 6kts is fine for the Boy's fishing and the Mrs getting a tan, but not for touring beyond a few nautical miles from berth. I want speed. I want to plane. I want the Scots Islands. I want to shrug off tidal movement as piddling irrelevance. I want Beneteau or Jeanneau. Hardy, Fisher and all the rest are lovely but don't float airily over the waves; bugger this 'displacement' sh*t. If I had the cash I'd keep her, but big plastic costs money and you can't drive two boats at the same time. I've kept an occasional eye out on all the usual sites for good possibilities but nothing good in my budget worth traveling to see so far.

(Mind you, I won't be too unhappy if she doesn't sell. A good day out in the submarine exercise area with a good book and some Pilsner Urquell can't really be beat. The rubber dinghy and outboard are pretty exciting on a good day - especially when a little risk involved, and the whisky/music evenings with the insane couple in the next berth are good craic.)
 
I've now got 'Hornbill II' up for sale. I feel awful; it seems treacherous somehow, and I can't bear the sight of the plastic 'For Sale' signs up on the pulpit. All that work (lots), all that pain (aigh), all that love, all that cosy smugness in hard weather (not to mention the many East Africa 5- and 10-cent pieces taking the place of washers all over her, minted in the year of my birth - egocentric or what?)

Bollocks; I want something faster; 6kts is fine for the Boy's fishing and the Mrs getting a tan, but not for touring beyond a few nautical miles from berth. I want speed. I want to plane. I want the Scots Islands. I want to shrug off tidal movement as piddling irrelevance. I want Beneteau or Jeanneau. Hardy, Fisher and all the rest are lovely but don't float airily over the waves; bugger this 'displacement' sh*t. If I had the cash I'd keep her, but big plastic costs money and you can't drive two boats at the same time. I've kept an occasional eye out on all the usual sites for good possibilities but nothing good in my budget worth traveling to see so far.

(Mind you, I won't be too unhappy if she doesn't sell. A good day out in the submarine exercise area with a good book and some Pilsner Urquell can't really be beat. The rubber dinghy and outboard are pretty exciting on a good day - especially when a little risk involved, and the whisky/music evenings with the insane couple in the next berth are good craic.)
Desperate news, there, chap.

Still, I knew that you would turn to the dark side of planing hulls, chines and the almost religious fixation of Litres Per Hour and Wide Open Throttle.

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