This will be the penultimate blog from me for Scot Free.
It’s been a blast! The finding, the preparation the setting off and the adventure. The friends, the tales, the sights and the cultures….. we should all go look for it. The world would be a less troubled place when we all realise that most peoples’ hopes and ambitions are remarkably similar. Oh yes, there’s that troubled minority. Usually exhibiting a trace of greed along the lines ‘I only need this but it’s more important that I have more than you’. On a boat, ‘more’ equals less room for you, more weight, slower, sloppier handling and more maintenance. There’s a real argument for the minimalist boat.
Enough philosophising. The reason for the blog is…
SCOT FREE IS FOR SALE!
When I was sailing the Kyles of Bute a couple of years ago I ran into (not literally) a sailor. I won’t name for reasons which will become apparent but in the event he helped me off a mooring and said he was admiring Scot free… ‘Was she for sale’?
I huffed and puffed, how could you sell something which was like a second daughter to you?
Last year I bumped into him again and once more he asked if she was for sale. Of course she wasn’t
The circumstances changed as circumstances do and I was talked into sharing a country property with Adrienne. I hummed and I hawed and went hot and cold before finally writing an email to this sailor who won’t be named and, letting my subconscious take over I wrote the email outlined below.
Hi XXXX ,
It’s with a heavy heart I’m writing this email.
I’ve been agonising for the past month whether I should part company with Scot Free or not. Circumstances (a more important woman) mean that I can’t reasonably continue the pattern of summer cruising in Scotland and I know that leaving a boat unused is the worst thing you can do to them and I now see sailing her home as unlikely . I have not as yet advertised or listed her with any broker but I know you half seriously asked me if I would sell her. If you are still interested can you let me know?
I’m putting together a complete listing of all her features but the essential items are listed below.
Sound hull, designed by Bob Perry, professionally built 1975
All weather centre cockpit.
Suite of sails, main, genoa, staysail, gennaker all new 2009.
All standing and running rigging new 2009, including mast.
Some running rigging just replaced.
77hp 4 cylinder turbo-charged Yanmar diesel. Twinned alternators and battery banks.
AutoStream feathering prop.
DSS shaft seal.
HF, VHF (2) UHF radios.
Taylor diesel space heater, water heater.
Heads with incorporated shower.
Instruments. Complete, all good order, mostly new, all Raymarine including Chartplotter (complete set of world charts) Integrated AIS and 12 mile radar.
Raymarine Autohelm (electric over hydraulic)
Aries wind gear Autopilot plus Aries helm clutch.
ParaAnchor (sea anchor), unused
Fridge, Solar array. Wind generator
3 anchors. Manson Supreme, CQR and dinghy grapnel.
90 metres 3/8″ short link, 60m new.
Powered Muir ‘Cougar’ winch
4 man canister life-raft.
I knew if I couldn’t string two words together and my subconscious disagreed I would struggle with the words but it flowed, the muse was upon me.
In short he was VERY interested and on the basis of a gentlemens’ agreement Scot Free was on her way to a new owner last September. All I had to do was wait for him to sell his boat and she was his.
To cut a long story short he informed me ten months later that he was going to stick with his present boat. I wasn’t happy.
I immediately contacted the marina and now Scot Free is in the hands of the brokers in Troon and for sale for their valuation of £45,000 (VAT included).
So if anyone out there is interested in an Australian registered, comfortable and fast passage-maker based in Europe or knows someone who is, there is a fully equipped, outstanding blue-water cruiser going for a very good price lying on the West Coast of Scotland in the middle of some of the finest cruising grounds in the world. I’ll vouch for that.