When Mary & I first saw “Sea Ranch” she was in a sad state. It was Winter 2004 and she was out of the water, not looking her best. She had been owned for the past two years by somebody that had not looked after her and we found that she was being sold by a bank in some sort of distress financial arrangement. I thought that she was worth all of the asking price, but after the survey we were able to renegotiate the price to allow us to buy her and spend the money she needed to bring her up more up to scratch.
We recognised that she was a really sound craft that suited our needs almost perfectly. Slightly larger than we had originally intended for a “day boat”, but we recognised a hidden beauty.
The boat came with the most fantastic paper history from the earlier owner who had spent thousands updating and upgrading her over the time that he owned her. All expenditure was carefully catalogued in one of the best filing systems that I had ever seen.
Every single nut & bolt spend had been listed as well as all the really big items. Engine servicing was second to none that I had seen and this was confirmed by DB Marine (Dennis Beeston) who specialised in these type of Perkins engines that were fitted.
The survey helped with a reduction in price but once a deal was agreed direct with the bank we embarked on our first cruise back to her new home port of Brightlingsea. Friends “meeted and greeted” her with champagne and we set about fixing some of the items highlighted in the survey.
Not being a do-it-yourself person, I engaged marine specialists to carry out the work. This included:-
1. Engines inspected, and compression tested. New oil pressure gauge & lubricated steering controls
I also got in touch with the original owner - and when I told him that Sea Ranch had been “abandoned” by the owner in-between us he agreed to come down to Brightlingsea to spend the day taking her out and showing me around her. Together with his son he spent a busy Saturday showing me all of the alterations and even re-programming the radio to suit local airwaves.
Having previously been a water skier I had no experience of anything this size but after a winter taking the RYA day skipper course – Mary & I (she passed first time!) soon embarked on some wonderful summers.
Sea Ranch is a real entertainment boat. We did not travel far but it was always with a goodly crew. Even my 85 year old mum found that she had sea legs!
Although large enough to accommodate plenty of house guests she proved to be sufficiently easy enough to handle for the two of us to be able to take off for some of the best days cruising.
Trips to St. Katherine’s dock in London proved wonderful and she provided the cheapest accommodation right in the heart of the city. They were eventful – remind me to tell you about how the police boarded us at Tower Bridge!
The East Coast has been a revelation with special memories of balmy summer nights in Ipswich Harbour.
Wherever we travel, the friendly comments about her “nice lines” make me feel good! So I added “Mary Anne of Brightlingsea” to her backside.
[ Sea Ranch ]
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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