Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: La Plata MD
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Bombay Clipper Purchase
Well we made the trip from La Plata MD. where we live to Southold NY yesterday. A trip of almost 400 miles one way. When we arrived we were shown the Bombay Clipper that we had with great anticipation been waiting to see. The boat was nothing like in the pictures. Sad to say it was a complete and utter mess. It was full of water and smelled of mold and mildew.
The way it had come to be in this state of neglect we soon learned from the people at the marina. The doctor who had bought the BC31 had high hopes of restoring the BC31 and was in the process of sailing slowly down to Florida where his home is.
There he was going to fix it up and move it over into the Bahama Islands.
He and his wife were going to vacation on her. Both are doctors.
In a bad rainstorm he was looking for safe harbor and pulled into Plum Island.
This is a goverment owned island where they do experimental work on disease and its effect on animals. He was promptly put under arrest by armed guards with AK 47 Rifles. His boat and he were towed to the marina where we went to see the boat. While towing the boat the company Sea Tow pulled it at greater than hull speed and water got into the boat and flooded it. Ruining the batteries and doing other damage.
The Doctor was taken to the hospital. The people at the marina didn't know what was wrong with him. Maybe a mild heart attack or something. As soon as he was checked out of the hospital he headed for home in Florida.
He didn't get far before he was involved in a near fatal accident. A piece of tile hit him in the head and did some damage that he is slowly recovering from. To add insult to injury his wife has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is already losing her vision and has had to quit her job. Needless to say he left Southold NY and has lost interest in the boat. The towing company didn't even close the hatches so all the rain and weather we have been having has made the situation worse.
We closed the boat up for him and turned around and headed for home carrying all the supplies and the 3 marine batteries we had purchased for the boat and drove the 400 miles back.
We were looking forward to owning a BC31 and thought this was an excellant oppurtunity to get one at a great price. We have decided to hang on to our 27' O'Day continue to customize it the way we like and continue our search for the boat of our dreams next year.
Its such a crazy story that I didn't even want to reply to your request to keep you posted but there it is. I guess the lesson is make it easy on yourself and hire a boat surveyor next time to do the leg work, Or look closer to home.
Sorry for being so windy and thanks so much for all the interest and advise.