In about July 2013 our quest to find a suitable converted ex working boat really began in earnest. We had been looking "in background" for quite a while before then, and although various boats had been being actively marketed, from what we had managed to learn about each, none of them had attracted us sufficiently to actually prompt a viewing. In at least one case, the boat had lingered on the market for an unhealthily long while, and the feedback from those who had seen it was not promising. In another case the current arrangements in a fairly well known boat sounded very unsuited to out needs, and to many things seemed to need changing, (including the engine), to give a boat that would be close to what we thought we might like.
|Rufford - an attractive conversion|
|Riveted steel back cabin is a faithful replica, not an original.|
|Air cooled Lister that had apparently spent nearly all its life in a packing crate!|
However, as negotiations were proceeding in line with the brokers advice, another buyer saw the boat, and quickly had a higher offer accepted, so we realised that for us it was not to be.
|The better half of the interior|
This wasn't to be our last disappointment, but shows that if you are unlucky enough to find the wrong seller, there is not a lot you can do about it.