Well, nearly. But getting a lovely, fully equipped, virtually ready-to-sail Sadler Seawych complete with long shaft 4hp engine on my budget it almost feels as though I stole it.
I went to see it on Friday evening and it looks great. It needs minor TLC, but nothing major. Rebedding and sealing deck fittings and the windows is a high priority as is sorting out the warped cockpit locker tops.
We tried to get her over to Langstone Harbour yesterday but the weather beat us. Well, the predicted F3-F4 turned out to be more like F5-F6 and was wind over tide: not a nice combination exiting Chichester harbour. The swell beat the engine in the end, so we had to turn back.
So she now sits in Sparkes Marina awaiting another attempt today.