Broom Viking

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by bluishbob, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. bluishbob
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    bluishbob New Member

    Hey all,
    This is my first post (i'm new here).

    I know often forums like these have their own little things, so if there is a newbies section or something you would like me to introduce myself in...please say.

    I have been offered a Broom viking, wooden speedboat.
    It is the same as this http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/BS09137

    Now it needs a little work, but mainly cosmetic, as far as i know there is not much rot etc.

    Now it has no trailer or engine, simply a hull.

    The guy wants £500. Is this reasonable, or a sittle steep?

    Is there anything i should know about these? Has anyone god/had/any experience with them? They seems to be hard to find.

    Many thanks
    Jamie
     
  2. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    If you're unfamiliar with wooden or composite wooden boats, you should seriously consider having a person that is quite familiar with the construction type and wooden boats in general, look her over.

    Without an engine or trailer, she's not worth a lot and the market for these little gems is flat.

    As a rule, no engine, probably missing controls and other hardware, no trailer, means a pretty cheap boat. Unless the boat has some special historical significance or is in very good to exceptional concision, then you may want to find a more complete craft to cut your teeth on.

    "Not much rot" generally means you've seen a little and will find a whole bunch more, when you get things opened up for a good inspection.
     
  3. bluishbob
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    bluishbob New Member

    Ok, As for experience, that will not be a problem. I'm not worried about this aspect of things. If all else fails i have friends that can put me right.

    I find it hard to understand what you are trying to say, yes it is only a hull, but i'm not looking at getting it on the water in 3 months, i want to restore it to the best of my ability for the fun of it.

    I have a 4m rib that i use on the water, and putting this on the water would only cost more in insurance and broads tax.

    SO is there really not much of a market for them, this one on B&A is the only one i could find for sale on the internet, and it seems to be a good price. It would be interesting to see if it sells in the next few months before the season starts.

    Many thanks

    ** As for rot, i haven't actually seen any, i will be having a better look soon. The owner has started doing some work, but i assume there may be a little.
     
  4. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    A sign I saw in St. Pete many years ago and is so true . . . " FREE BOAT, with purchase of engine, electronics and trailer" . . .
     

  5. TollyWally
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    TollyWally Senior Member

    A personal observation, in general boats are a buyers market. A man with cash in his pocket who is actually determined to buy a boat in a months time will find a plethora of available choices that have been lovingly cared for and represent an incredible value if viewed through the lense of brand new replacement costs. My .02, your choice.
     
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