Hey I am looking at buying this ferro. I know that if a ferro boat isn't made by a good builder it can be down right dangerous, so what do you think of this one?
If you know of a better forum for posting about ferro-cement boats please point me in the right direction. Thanks.
40' ferrocement cutter sail boat - 1973 King & Choie
This sailboat was professionally built in 1973 in Korea. She was then sailed to Japan and on to California. I purchased it from the original owner who lived aboard for over 14 years. She has been dry docked for 4 years and is aching to get back in the water again.
Things that need to be done before she can go around the world:
- Electric wiring is old and should be replaced. I have looked into this and it isn't a big job.
- Sails are very old, and while they might be serviceable for small sails around the sound, they will need to be replaced.
- The boat needs to be transported to a dock. The nearest dock is 6 miles away, in Port Townsend. The estimated price from a marine transporter was $900.
- An engine part was rusted and needs to be cleaned out at a machine shop. The engine, replaced in 1998, will work like a charm after this. Engine has less than 500 hours on it.
Some minor cosmetic work is needed on the interior.
The hull is in great condition, professionally built and after 35 years of curing is no longer plagued by any of the problems ferro cement boats have gotten a bad reputation for. The hull has been stripped and repainted with anti-fouling below the water line and a beautiful green above.
I've owned this boat for a year and have spent many weekends working on her (about 500 man hours in the past year). She is close to being sailable, but I'm worn out, now lacking funds to keep this project going. I'm looking for a good owner for this boat. She is currently on the original owner's property. She needs to be moved as soon as possible, as the previous owner has plans for the space she is occupying on his property.