Friday, November 20, 2009


I bought Elephants Child, a New Bombay Explorer 44 yesterday.

An elegant and fast old lady!

She was built on a racing hull redesigned into a live-aboard cruising yacht. Her spacious interior has a large salon, two cabins, two heads, the forard one is enormous and a corridor galley. The large deck area, numerous opening hatches and huge cockpit makes her very appealing for cruising. Elephant's Child had undergone an extensive refit from 05 to 07 and has been meticulously cared for by two very careful and through owners. Everything is properly done and labelled and before the sea trial the only things I had concerns about were deck gelcoat cracks and some rippling in hull but the initial surveyors report on those two items while not totally reassuring convinced me that I should go ahead.

The sea trial went well and the surveyor picked up one serious fault which is being repaired by the seller so although I begrudged spending the money for the survey he found something that I had missed, a crack in a piece of new stainless steel between the roller furling drum and the deck fitting so he more than proved his worth. When it broke the mast would have come down.

The Surveyor Bill Bailey a fellow Scot.

Jan and Mike the sellers looking a little wistful.

I will be in the USVI for a few weeks fitting an electric anchor windlass, doing a few small jobs and pootling about getting to know the boat.


  1. Hi John - I've joined your blog - no idea what that means! Like the look of the boat and as it's got 2 cabins I may just pay you a visit!

  2. Ahoy!

    We have a vintage Tartan 41 on Great Lakes (Michigan, north of Chicago in Michigan) that we'd like to swap for 1-2 weeks this summer. For use of your boat this winter ... Interested? We could position our boat at a point that would be good for you (N. Lake Michigan near Mac Island, for example). The Great Lakes are GREAT for sailing during the summer!
    Our boat =

    Dixon and Julie