Wandering Star is a Maurice Griffiths 31 feet design and was professionally built in steel by D B Marine, Grays, Essex and professionally fitted out by Mitchell Marine, Canvey Island, Essex in 1983. She is very similar to the better known Golden Hind 31 although there differences, the Golden Hind has a transom mounted rudder whereas the Seareach uses a skeg mounted rudder there are no bilge keel plates she has a long shallow draft keel and the forward cabin superstructure is lower (thus, unfortunately, less headroom in the forecabin than the Golden Hind). There maybe other differences between the designs but these are the ones I’m aware of. There’s not much (any) information on the Seareach on the internet but there are several accounts of the Golden Hinds performance and her well deserved reputation for seaworthiness which would should be very similar to the Seareach.This is the third time I’ve listed the boat for sale, I really want to sell her, she’s a liability for me as I live in Ireland and am currently paying high storage charges to keep her in Lymington, I purchased the boat a year ago intending to refit her but the logistics just don’t work out for me and instead of working on her I’m neglecting her further. The earlier “classified” eBay listings were probably over ambitious on price so this time I’m selling her on a “no reserve” auction basis BUT (for anyone who was watching her earlier), she’s being sold with a reduced inventory and with no warranties – you take her as you find her! Before bidding, please be aware of the expenses you might incur with the project. Keeping her in the yard where she is at present is expensive – about £280 every month. The sensible option would be to move her and the marina won’t allow you to strike the mast or lift the boat in a DIY fashion. So as well as whatever you bid, you’ll maybe need to budget a further £200 to strike (lower) the mast and a further £230 to lift her onto your transport. Or of course you can bite the bullet and store her where she is.Ultimately, she’ll make a very pretty boat and she’ll be a true passage maker, shes fitted with a fully working (expensive) servo pendulum windvane steering system. The reason things haven’t worked out are that after a lifetime of sailing including several successful Transats and other longer passages mainly on my Vancouver 27, I had some health problems And thought my sailing days were numbered so I sold myVancouver 4 years ago. However, on recovering my health (I thought) I bought Wandering Star about a year ago fully planning to refit her but it really was an impulse buy and as mentioned already, it’s just not going to happen so I want to sell her now while she’s still solid, seaworthy and restorable.There are quite a number of old invoices and papers including Bills of Sales although not a full history of her ownership. Also included are a partial survey report done in May 92 and a full comprehensive survey report done in July 2009 (when incidentally she changed hands for £29,500.Her steelwork appears to be absolutely fine, there are a few rust spots on her topsides in the area of the blue paint but really (as far as I know) they’re superficial. She had her original teak deck renewed 10 years ago. The photographs are all recent but undoubtedly she’s got that “neglected” feeling and is damp and gloomy down below. She’s been afloat during the sailing season just ended but is now ashore ready for your inspection/survey. A general summary of the work necessary follows (there’s undoubtedly other work needed):Galley area requires new work surface with basin.Gas supply requires connection to cooker.Saloon table needs replacement (one is supplied but not really suitable).Mast wiring needs connection to under deck wiring.Sailing instrumentation needs renewing12 volt wiring is a bit Heath RobinsonThere is no anchor chain.Interior joinery needs brightening up.Wooden floor sole needs permanent covering ( Presently covered with carpet off cuts).Engine could do with degrease & repaint (engine starts & runs fine).Hull and cabin top repainted this year but paintwork needs tidying..Main sheet tackle required (recently stolen).Sprayhood & lazyjacks system are present but require fitting.The engine compartment doors in the cockpit allow rainwater to leak into bilge – need seals I think.Various other small jobs. Good Points.Cape Horn servo pendulum self steering fitted.Lofrans electric chain windlass fitted with remote control (untested)Lowrance chartplotter with UK chart (working)Garmin152 GPS (working)Taylor’s 060 paraffin cabin heater (not used by me and might require service)Sails are old but recently professionally valeted.Forestay & lifelines recently replaced + furling gear serviced.2 unused Camping Gaz cylindersI’ll be sad to see Wandering Star go but pleased for someone else to take her on, refit her and sail her. She’s a project in the loosest sense of the word, you could sail her with minimal expense and little time as she is, however undoubtedly she’d benefit from being smartened up and refitted. She could be a really nice looking boat in the right ownership but currently she does have a rather neglected feel about her. She’s presently a liability for me, I can’t get to her easily and I’m shelling out for storage and other expenses, to be honest, I shouldn’t really of bought her when I did.Please be aware I live in Ireland so may not be available to show interested parties the boat personally. However I am over in the coming week and also my son lives reasonably close (Bournemouth) and he’ll be happy to drive over to Lymington at mutually convenient times.FINALLY – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY – I’ve been messed about so much that I need to make the following conditions: When the auction closes, I’d like a non returnable deposit of (say) £250 paying into my bank within 24 hours with the balance paying (also into my bank) within 7 days. I’ll also want the purchaser to takeover responsibility for the storage fees from 7 days after the auction ends. Any “messing around” and the boat will be offered to the underbidder, bidders with less than 10 feedbacks must contact me before bidding otherwise their bids will be removed and if a bidder with less than 10 feedbacks who hasn’t contacted me prior to bidding, bids in the last few minutes (it’s a game for some people) their bids will be ignored and I won’t even contact them, I’ll just immediately offer the boat to the highest bidder with more than 10 bids. Hope that all makes sense.
Current Price: £1600.00
This Golden Hind (seareach) 31 Sailing Boat (project) boat is located in Lymington, and is being sold on eBay by mitchellsworld.