The first time we came across Molly, she didn't actually have a name as she was brand new and on display at the boat show.
My wife and I were wandering around the show daydreaming about boats we could not possibly afford. We had just looked at a Fisher 34, when we saw this rather smart little motor sailor, a Steadfast 24, and went on board to have a look round.
We really liked the boat, but unfortunately we were still daydreaming as we were struggling to pay our first mortgage, and had only got as far as owning a small sailing dingy.
However, about five years ago, while reading one of the sailing magazines, I noticed this Steadfast 24 for sale, and found out from the owner that it was the same boat that we had been on all those years ago so arranged to view her a few days later. She certainly didn't look as nice and shiny as we remembered her, but I made the decision there and then to return her to her former glory.
Getting the boat home to Brightlingsea was the only sail we were going to have in her for about a year, that being the time it took us to refurbish her.
Here is a list of some of the work we carried out on Molly.
The first thing we did, once the boat was hauled out of the water, was to remove the engine and sail drive in order to install a new stainless steel fuel tank, at the same time we replaced the gasket on the sail drive .
The next job was to replace all the windows and the head linings, as over the years the windows had leaked and caused quite a lot of damage, this being due to the fact that the mastics they used a few years ago weren't as flexible and tended to dry out, the woodwork had also suffered and taken on a grey and speckled black appearance, what furniture that could be removed was removed cleaned, sanded, and re varnished.
Molly had been kept close to where she was built, down south, and was always kept in a marina, consequently the hull had suffered a bit where she had been riding up and down, and from the occasional misjudged docking. We had a local fibreglass man repair the affected areas, and, although the colour is not a perfect match, we felt it better to use a near match coloured gel coat than paint her, this really doesn't show when she is out on the water.
Next we turned our attention to the electronics, a new echo sounder and log were fitted, followed the next year by an electronic steering compass, and we have just fitted a colour chart plotter. The original VHF was found to be quite serviceable.
Below the water line we knew that Molly had been epoxy treated from new, but we decided to have all old antifoul removed, and we applied five coat's of internationals own treatment just to be sure. The rudder, however, had not been treated from new, so this was removed from the boat, thoroughly dried and repaired, and then treated.
We also had the sails valeted and birth cushions cleaned. As far as everything else, basically if it was broken it was fixed, if it was dirty it was cleaned.
The other reason for buying Molly was the fact that she has internal steering. I guess we are getting soft in our old age but it is nice to go below when it starts to rain, and she really does sail extremely well, unlike the comment I got from one person when I said I had bought a motor sailor, replied that they usually sail like a bungalow! Joking apart she really is a pleasure to sail, and will keep up with the rest.
When under motor you have full control from both helm positions, and you certainly don't have to worry about the cost of diesel. She is extremely economical, and with her self feathering prop there is no drag or vibration.
Finally, reason for selling, I quite honestly don't have time to do the boat justice. This season I haven't even managed to spend a night on her, but instead have just day sailed her which, quite honestly, isn't good enough.
For further details or to arrange to view, please contact Adrian Espin at: - Astonbury Marine Services
19 Colne Road, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0DL Tel: 01206 305 996 or +44 1206 305 996
or email to: adrian@EasternYachts.com
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