Boat Bucks…


Enterprise is now in the hands of Chris Haddock at Gosport Boat Yard who will carry out the the “blue water refit”.

image As I said previously, I was impressed with Chris who owns – and still works in – his Gosport Boat Yard. Over the past few months I have been writing and re-writing lists.

I have spent many winter evenings reading books on preparing boats for blue water sailing from cover to cover – Beth Leonard, John Vigor, Nigel Calder, Tom Cunliffe, Les Weatheritt, Don Casey, Roger Taylor have all inspired and terrified in equal measure. I have been surfing the web; writing to previous owners of Moody 44 (some of whom are linked to on the right hand side bar on this blog); asking silly questions on the extensive Moody Owners Association forum; emailing friends and contacts who are actually doing circumnavigations at the moment….and finally I have produced a 16 page “Refit Plan” …! Obviously we cant afford everything on the list – nor do I think we need everything on the list. But you have to start somewhere 🙂

Chris did not seem at all perturbed by the “Refit Plan”. I think he is humouring me. But we have a pact that I will be working alongside his guys as they do some of the work that in actual fact should become part of my maintenance routine when Gosport is many thousands of miles away…they do say that “cruising is the art of boat maintenance in exotic places”.

We left the boat with Chris and his team to have a look over and I went back to Gosport a few days later to review the Refit Plan. Chris and his team spent the best part of 4 hours going through every item with me on the boat. Discussing, explaining, coming up with alternatives.

The plan became condensed somewhat. But there are still an alarming number of big ticket items on it. It brought to mind John Vigor’s concept of the “boat buck”. One boat buck = $1,000. So in my case lets just say that one UK “Boat Buck” = £1,000. By that reckoning I think there at least 5 items that cost several Boat Bucks each on the list viz. Hydrovane, watermaker, Chartplotter/radar, dinghy and outboard, Duogen. All quite alarming.  …Enterprise is certainly no Mingming…but then I am no “Roger Taylor” !