Maeander is one of those things I did because of ‘why not’ I always had it in the back of my mind to sail. I had a few quid, the lockdowns were on and I just bought her. Long story but I’m just not the guy for the boat rather than the boat being wrong.
Achilles 840, 28ft. Please note interior shots were all I had I put them up to give an idea. It has fold out table benchseat/beds either side, toilet and storage through a small doorway and then your v berth.
Full accredited survey only done October 2020.
The survey found her to be sound except two minor things. Several references to this age and type is they were ‘over engineered’ which apparently is a good thing.
Newish flush toilet set up.
Engine is Beta 14 from 2012
Copper tech 6 years ago
Main rigging only done about 6 years ago
Classic bilge keel. 28ft long. Solid boat
Interior old fashioned but sound. Best way to describe it is old fashioned and a bit tired
Comes with Avon 9ft dinghy. I have checked this it is good and I can’t see any patches.
Comfortably sleeps five ( well comfortable as in for a boat not a hotel)
6 fenders, lots of spares.
She has been a serious boat with extra sails. All have been checked and look good. Spinnaker boom included. Main and spare main,yankee sail,genoa,inner clipper set up sail ( forgive my ignorance), spinnaker.
Radio that works fine.
Cooker there with twin storage for gas at stern
Auto tiller included.
Since 2019 she has sat in Maryport. I have done a bit like a new main halyard but the rest of ropes etc probably need replacing. They work but they look manky.
There were good reasons for it but I was not told about it overheating last time it was out. It was put down to a coolant cap. It wasn’t. Engine overheated on my one and only time out. Engine shut down immediately, tow in. I waited till last month as I get best deal if out over winter. I saw then the inlets for sea water via sail drive were covered in wildlife. The engine never over heated on its own. Only when prop engaged. So that was the problem according to the wisdom on the dock. I’ve already cleared the inlets
I snapped the jib halyard and it shot into the mast. I see that as a simple fix and it was on the cards until overheating meant I left the boat till haul out.
Two intermediate stays need replacing. Not sure why and no-one else can figure it out but in survey. I didn’t even haul the main so that still needs doing.
Gas pipes need replacing only because the details on them could not be seen in any case this is 10ft of rubber pipe so cheap
I binned the V berth cushions and the others are dated and past it. They do when I sleep on boat but just being honest
Two fresh water leaks. Not pouring in but will need attending too.
Usual scrapes and such as would expect of a boat from 1986. None bad that need any immediate attention.
Not really a bad bit but this boat was old fashioned sailing. Charts etc. No modern nav equipment. I’d bought a tablet to use nav software as my solution to it.
Hood and sail cover maybe got another season in them but otherwise they are at the end of life
Probably good and bad bits I have forgotten but none major.
Survey available to anyone with serious interest. Any survey welcome, I’m upfront about anything.
She is up cheap because I want out of the situation not because I am desperate to sell for financial reasons. Daft Covid lockdown reaction is the best way I can describe me buying the boat, simple as that. Where she is is a great place to have a bit of Cumbrian getaway and extremely reasonable mooring with full facilities on site even if you just wanted a water caravan.
I will answer anything as best I can on this. The boat is in a secure yard so unless prearranged you won’t be able to view. I can be up most weekends and will try and fit in as best I can.
Current Price: £4000.00
This 1986 Achilles 840, 28ft Bilge Keel Cruiser. Solid Survey Only 12 Months Ago. boat is located in , CA15 *** and is being sold on eBay by .