Van de Stadt 8m Offshore Sloop
We recently carried out a survey on a GRP sloop fin keel built in the ’70s.
The vessel presented well and we understood that a previous owner had spent a few years refitting the boat. All of the interior had been stripped out and reinforced with added bearers and re-epoxied all of the inside. The chap was also a keen joiner and re-built all of the furniture adding all those extra personal designs that improve so much the life aboard. Being myself a wooden boat builder too I was very appreciative of the details and quality of the refit.
Obviously no extra cabins have been added but the way every things nest together gives the impression of extra space. With a Vee berth in the front cabin and two seats / beds in the main cabin gives the opportunity for a couple to share the sailing experience with friends.
The rig has been kept as a sloop with an added Jib stay for stronger winds.
The vessel is steered by tiller and also has a wind autopilot which would tempt many people to go for long passage just to use it!
Any excuse for a long passage to warmer shores ?
Despite the price tag being slighlty higher than equivalent yachts, this one comes with a well thought-out interior design and practical rig.
We wish them plenty of enjoyable cruising
For more information contact European Marine Services Ltd (inc European Marine Surveys) Tel : 01603 327 123 www.europeanmarinesurveys.com