Colvic 26 Heloise

"Free to a new home" attempt before scrapping

We have in our yard a Colvic 26 with mast and some sail bags. The condition of the boat was described to us be her owner in the following way:

  • She was flooded via faulty cockpit drains pre pandemic and lay at a river berth in that condition for some time before being towed and brought ashore into the boatyard.
  • The internal cabin fittings have consequent dark soaking stains and water damage…potentially requires a ripout / full refit. Condensation has also brought down the headlining in the forward cabin and there are now no cushions. 
  • From the hull side, owner's own inspection of the boat has determined that the internal timbers moulded into the hull at the deckline appear to have have softened either during the condensation episode or from water leakage from stanchion screw holes. I'd now not be confident that a gust with full sail, that the side shrouds wouldn’t pull out.  
  • The stanchions of the safety railing around the upper deck are in some cases loose, the holes still allowing rain water into the hull through screw holes.  
  • The flooded engine and gearbox was flushed with fresh water and oil subsequent to the time of flooding. Last we tried it was found to rotate. It’ll be a rebuild.
  • All cabin windows are really ugly home built affairs, and are so crazed that natural light into the cabin is a problem.  
  • I was told by my father that he brought it from the builder who had put lead in the keels. She therefore sailed a little more upright in wind than her contemporaries, pointed up well as a result. For scraping this may be something of a plus.
  • Although the mast is up, all rigging requires complete replacement. Sails I think are are stored in the cabin. There were about 8 sailbags and the sails contained within are old, repaired, but thought usable. 

The boat is at Newton Abbot.

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