"Salsee of Fowey" Percy Mitchell 30 Lying Hartlepool
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Salsee was immediately attractive to me because of her jaunty sheerline and pretty heart shaped transom.
Her wheelhouse is a desirable feature giving the helmsman as much protection as is always given to the engine! It becomes a sheltered haven giving immediate access to all instruments, which is particularly attractive when single-handing.
The hull is close-seamed and very fair. Her construction is of very high quality.
The light alloy mast is easily lowered in its tabernacle, gives a good mount for the radar and allows some worthwhile steadying sail or extra drive off the wind.
All stanchions are linked to metal plates at the deck beams and the anchor windlass backing also spans more than 2 beams and links to the stem by an angled plate.
Engine access is excellent with everything exposed when its box is removed and the gearbox and prop shaft are revealed when the cockpit sole is lifted.
There are handholds strategically placed in the wheel house, down the length of the saloon and across the front of coachroof forward.
Ventilation is excellent with Tannoy ventilators on lazarette, heads, galley, forecabin and foredeck. All portholes open and in addition there is a skylight in the saloon and the fore hatch up front.
I acquired Salsee by part exchange against my previous boat with the philosophy that a more modestly sized boat with all the extras was better than a larger one with even larger shopping list.
She has room for visitors, a wonderful large cockpit, which, when covered becomes a big extra cabin with over 6ft headroom, but she is primarily a motor boat.
When buying her I was attracted by 'Goodies' - the radar in particular being an immensely useful instrument but an expensive item to buy.
A holding tank for the toilet is becoming more important these days but is often overlooked behind more fundamental priorities.
As a marine artist painting sailing boats my interest lies in that direction and having bought another boat she now has to go.
Salsee is a very attractive craft from an accomplished builder. The bulk of the external cosmetic work has been done but there is still plenty left for her new owner to achieve his satisfaction.
She could easily be returned to her motor boat origins by removal of the mast and fitting a stub mast on the coachroof or wheelhouse. She comes well equipped and at a sensible price.
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