"Good Report" 30' Burmese Teak Sloop Lying Essex
As soon as I stepped on board Good Report I knew that I must have her. I had already studied her brokerage details very thoroughly. I could not believe that I had finally found my "little ship" after so many tired, old and smelly wooden boats. Good Report was certainly not tired. She seemed like a teenager to me, strong, fit and raring to go.
I bought her in 1996, moved her to London and began to re-fit. She was very basic inside. Laid new soles, new tops etc, all in Golden Iroko which I had specially ordered and cut. Golden Iroko being the nearest I could get to Burmese Teak.
I re-upholstered the saloon Dunlop cushions in double Kapok - then cotton ticking - then Sumbrella navy, because I intended to live aboard it is vital that cushions are high quality for comfort. Although very expensive, I never regretted the cost.
I then designed and had built a spray hood with cockpit tent to enhance rather than detract from the boats lines. This proved invaluable when living aboard. I often sailed with the tent "operational" acting as rain cover and sun awning.
After equipping with Zodiac Inflatable, Honda 4-stroke outboard, Solar panel and all of the hundreds of bits and bobs, I set off for the Mediterranean in September 1997 through the French Canal system arriving Port St Louis for the Winter. I had friends staying there and working in the Marina.
In 1998 I hauled out Good Report into a work shed, changed her livery to navy hull and white cabin sides, replaced the standing rigging and generally worked her over.
We set off in April 1998, cruised along the French coast to Corsica, Sardinia, Tunisia, Sicily, the Aeolian islands of Lipari Stromboli etc, back round Sicily to to Malta for the winter.
In March 1999 set off to Ionia - cruised from Corfu down to the Corinthian Sea through the Corinth Canal in to the Aegean - through to Kusadazi on the Turkish coast down to Bodrum and beyond. Then came back across, arriving Port St. Louis in September and back through the canal system arriving Brightlingsea in October.
A wonderful trip with so many memories of delightful sailing. Good Report performed admirably throughout. She sails well in light airs and handles beautifully in rough weather. I experienced no problems whatever with the boat or gear. As expected, if you have a well found boat and buy the best quality gear you suffer few problems.
After many thousands of miles the only part replaced was a leaky water pump (£70)
We often sailed in island groups under main alone. This slowed the boat so we could take out time drinking in the scenery but also gave us an unobstructed view ahead. Alternatively we sailed under Genoa alone when coming into a bay or busy anchorage having already furled the main, making it easier to anchor.
Sometimes in "flukey" weather we sailed genoa alone, motor-sailing or not.
Good report has that rare quality of doing everything that you would like a boat to do, without fuss or bother, because, of course, she is a real thoroughbred lady.
She has been used for long distance cruising usually with two, but occasionally four, persons on board
"Good Report" was built of the best materials available (from Teak stored over a long period) to a design which has proved ideal for cruising. She was purchased in 1996 and has since cruised extensively in the Mediterranean as far as Turkey. The build quality appears to be excellent, indeed she was featured in one of the magazines when she was being constructed. Her owner describes her as "bullet proof" and an ideal; cruising yacht with sheltered cockpit and wide swept teak decks that make moving around the boat very easy.
Good Report appears to have been well constructed, well adapted and well loved. Her owner has now reluctantly decided to sell her as he is going traveling again - but mainly on land this time. She is presented in "end of season" condition and will need some cosmetic work and fitting out prior to use.
There is no doubt that she has provided much pleasure, cruising around the Mediterranean Sea, and she has been equipped accordingly.
She is well worth inspection.