Broom 37 Continental Worth buying at the right price
A Rebuild Project
We have recently carried out a pre-purchase survey on a 40 year plus Broom Continental 37 from the early 70’s. The customer had some worries about the safe structural condition of the boat after having viewed the vessel and undertaken river trials on the Broads and so did we when we saw her afloat in Broom’s Marina
The vessel had a laid teak deck and it was definitely looking tired. The gel-coat showed signs of fair wear and tear and little maintenance.
The internal joinery woodwork hadn’t been protected and sealed for many years and due to some water ingress through the windows was in a poor condition and the list carries on with packing glands in need of servicing or replacing, windows leak, usual seized seacocks and so on.
But all in all, despite the poor cosmetic condition and lack of regular maintenance and up-keep, the vessel was considered structurally good.
She had a small amount of osmosis being expected in a vessel of this vintage and having been moored on the rivers for some years.
This just shows how well and strongly Broom’s Boat are built. It also shows that a boat is like a house and needs attention and TLC to preserve its market value.
Even more so in a boat ! The effect of water combined with a poor maintenance increases the repair bill far more than scheduled maintenance – which will help keep a boat at a good standard throughout the years.
The joinery woodwork would probably need to be partially renewed but this could be a nice project for someone with an appetite for joinery work. Beside, it is a good opportunity to redesign the interior according to one’s need !
All in all, this boat displays a great potential as a family boat and perhaps live aboard.
It can be a great project for someone who can spend the time to put it right. Obviously some professional help might be needed and we know from experience that any boatbuilder taking part into the renovation of such classic motor yacht will be proud of being part of it.
The Broom Continental is one of the hidden gems from Broom Boat Builders and should be stunning once done up.
I am looking forward to seeing her all done up and sailing down the rivers
For more information contact European Marine Services Ltd (inc European Marine Surveys) Tel : 01603 327 123 www.europeanmarinesurveys.com