Trehard 90 Cutter Rig Sloop DARK STAR OF LONDON is a capable and fast centre boarder, designed by Martin Francis and made flesh in 1982. She has five guest cabins and plenty of room for crew. Well known as BUZZY BEE – she was totally rebuilt by Camper & Nicholsons in 2000. In this ownership, she has been a reliable and fun family cruising yacht and has also paid for her keep with some charter. She is under the 24m load line length for this purpose. Laid up under cover in the South of France, with new topsides paint that has never got wet, all her systems were properly laid up when she came ashore and she has spent the whole time in a hangar and away from the heat and UV of the region.
Recommissioning the yacht is not a moment’s work. Because she has now been in the dry for a couple of years, her owner recognises that for her next owner the idea of putting her afloat and the possible risks around the fact that machinery has not run and the whole yacht has been idle for some time, are unpalatable.
Please have a look at this video to see her slumbering –
For this reason, he has asked us to offer a solution to remove this risk as follows –
It is expected that any prospective new owner will wish to have a full condition survey carried out as well as that possibly problematic sea trial. Of course, we offer a full structural survey carried out by Jim Pritchard in October 2019. You can see this here –
This can be used in conjunction with a fresh survey or however the purchaser wishes in order that he/she satisfy themselves of the condition of the yacht.
As is normal in international yacht sales it will be the purchaser’s responsibility to launch, re-rig and commission systems at their cost. If they do not purchase the yacht following this process, they must reinstate Trehard 90 Cutter Rig Sloop DARK STAR OF LONDON to her current position ashore.
Given the period of time that DARK STAR has spent ashore, there are some unknowns around this process, which may lead to additional cost.
To ameliorate this risk, the owner is prepared to make available a sum of up to €150,000 to be contributed at the closing of the sale, against rectification of items that do not operate after normal commissioning, to assist in putting them in a working condition consistent with their age and usage to an insurable standard. The following items are covered by this offer –
Hydraulic power pack and ancillary equipment.
Invertor charger systems (provided the purchaser replaces batteries with equivalent of current fit).
Reverse cycle air conditioning.
White goods in galley.
In the event of a dispute, the surveyor Jim Pritchard shall be the final arbiter in terms of condition and usability.
The mast section now needs investigation, and DARK STAR is due new standing rigging as well as a full set of house and machinery batteries. We would expect any purchasers’ offer to reflect the need to this work to be done which can be easily costed prior to launch.
All this removes the DARK STAR sting in the tail. Here are her full particulars for your review –