The complete history and run up to the events below can be found here: http://yachtdoris.blogspot.com
November 2008: Marcus, Lindsey, James & Freya (all of which previously worked on Wooden Brixham Trawlers at Trinity) in
January 2009: Completed solo transatlantic crossing and immediately wanted a different boat. I didn’t know quite what I wanted, but I did want simplicity and comfort 'a la Moitessier' my new found guru. Matti of Carma reinforced my belief in small boats and simplistic systems despite him seemingly being put off sailing for life after his Atlantic crossing.
Early 2009: Saw Katla listed and dismissed her due to size. At this time there were only a few exterior pictures. She was also wooden and I swore I would stay well away from wooden boats! At this stage I was looking for ideally Steel, Aluminum or Plastic.
March - April 2009: Classics Week in
May 2009: After making endless notes during my return solo transatlantic trip to the
June 2009: After endless searching it seems that all Gaffers are either wooden (old - 50+yrs) with the occasional Ferro cement. Ferro is the hot choice with only two boats of interest found.
14.06.2009: James sent me the Katla web link during another evening chat session discussion about 'boat porn'. This time there were interior pictures and I'm sure a more informative description than I previously remembered. The big attraction was the realization that Katla did not have an inboard engine. Requested more pictures from the broker.
15.06.2009: Received design sketches and some more info from broker. Learn the boat name is 'Katla'. Probably due to the name alone, Kat has agreed to loan me half the money until
16.06.2009: More questions regarding the build materials and fastenings. James was due to visit
17.06.2009: Receive more answers from the vendor and learn that a 'Fully Conditional Offer Subject To Buyer Satisfaction' is possible. Also learn that a 2nd party has been interested since March 09 and is viewing the boat in a few days time (Thursday), James is due to go to St Martin on Friday. A 'conditional' offer is therefore made and accepted late evening. Due to me being in the
18.06.2009: AM - Despite a number of ‘chasing emails’ to the broker, no response received hence, deposit not transferred. PM - I receive an email saying the 2nd buyer has offered more money and left a deposit. I am livid! I could have paid my deposit by PayPal or Bank Transfer but silence from the broker resulted in neither happening. The broker advises us to still view the boat as planned and reserve our offer as a 'backup' as the 2nd buyer wants a lift out, survey and title search and cannot pay in full until late July.
19.06.2009: Broker advises me that the 2nd offer has not been formerly accepted by the vendor and that an extra '$2000USD' offered might put me 'back in the game'. James views Katla and advises that the boat is both worth the offer price and in good condition. A small deposit is made to show 'Good Faith' with the promise to increase the deposit first thing Monday morning when the banks open. A second payment will be made a few days later mid next week and then the final payment in early July. The 'irony' - Kat will again be paying a deposit on my second boat, another of which she doesn't actually agree with!
20.06.2009: Confirmation of the Vendor’s acceptance of our new offer is received from the broker. ‘You are the proud new owner of Katla'. I have read ‘Hand, Reef & Steer’ by Tom Cunliffe, but still not actually sailed a Gaffer!. Another steep learning curve and challenge ahead!
22.06.2009: Full deposit transfered and reciept confirmed by the broker, its safe to say that Katla in now secure. I am still 'stuck' in Horta and although I was thinking about leaving tomorrow a huge storm is forcast for Thursday.