Frank wrote: Albert wrote:
Gosh ! Hello...there you are !
I had heard rumours, but it is true after all.
Very nice to make contact with you.
I see she has treadmaster decks and a pole. Nice Boat !
The pictures are breathtaking. It emboldens any Sealord owner to try ice navigation now..
What engine do you have, by the way ?
Hola Albert, I had been trying to get a mate of mine to buy that teak decked Sealord in the US...seems the duffer lost his chance.
Ice navigation not for the faint of heart...navigation from Melinka south is daylight only due to the danger of hitting stuff ( logs..ice) . In the winter days are short and when moving anchorage you need to factor in the possibility that if the chosen anchorage is iced up you will have time to get to another which you hope won't be...and that it won't be full of crab boats but they are normally pretty good and let you raft up.
The treadmaster is now very shaby...essentially frd of the mast... glue failure and stuff in patches...happened over the last few years.
Engine is an MD17D....blew a head gasket while coming south last time due to hardening and failure of the copper pipe on the FW side that comes down from the header tank if that makes sense.. I am fitting an audible temp alarm next time over there... replaced all the gaskets while alongside Micalvi in early August.
Another thing that happened to both Brilliance and my boat was the failure of the calorifier... small cracks etc on the seams on the pressure vessel. I had mine patched in Pto Montt but it went terminal a week before Williams.
Maybe the calorifier is a thing for all Sealord owners to watch for...an item where preventive maintenance/replacement is called for is called for.
Poles?, she has two but just now I have no spinnaker... after 2 x 24 hour spinnaker runs down in the high 40s on the way from NZ it blew out and I have yet to replace it, maybe when I next head for the sun.
Good to hear from you Albert,
Well, I bagged it.
This Sealord was in a creek, in Annapolis, Maryland, and had not been moved for more than a year because the owner had moved and had bought another boat etc.,
The prospect of buying a boat with teak decks frightens most prospective owners witless because if the deck is not laid down properly to replace it is a huge job first because all the deck fittings have to be removed which is very labour intensive and so the excercise potentially is very costly, and we are talking of Ã‚Â£ sterling 20,000 plus.
It is the case that this problem is most prevalent with Oceanlords.
The reason is that Westerly Yachts at a later stage decided to contract out the fitting of teak decks which has not proved to be satisfactory, as these later fittings are thinner than the former which were done by Westerly "in house". At the time of construction, early 1980's through to late eighties the cost of a teak deck as an extra was just over Ã‚Â£6000.
To cut a long story short, the Westerly fitted "in house" teak decks were properly made and bonded and are 8 millimeters thick.
The outsourced teak decks are thinner, and hence vulnerable.
I have only just last week spoken to someone who experienced going aboard a vessel fitted with outsourced teak decks on a rainy day and wherever he walked he said the deck squirted water vertically..oh dear !
Of course these rumours are enough to frighten the living daylights out of prospective buyers and even surveyors who have to err on the side of professional prudence when making the survey report.
Now you are probably beginning to guess I am very familiar with the Sealord 39 and you are right.
This boat having been kept in a creek was not a wise move by the previous owner, because by doing so it severely limited the number of viewers prepared to make the journey instead of having it in a marina with ready access and never mind the cost.
Also the greying of the decks frightened off a lot of people because she does need re seaming, but the teak is in perfect order otherwise, no splits or cracks or warping or lifting, amazing.
So the negotiations were done by email and telephone over a period of three months and toing and froing of photographs etc., and then without seeing her, I paid a deposit and booked a flight to go over and do the survey myself, as I had SD 42 and know exactly what to look for.
And so the survey took 4 hours and at the end of it I was satisfied and closed the deal and she became mine.
The marvel is that throughout the Westerly years I accumulated a vast inventory of spare parts for my first one, and when I sold her, I did so stripped. So apart from having a very complete inventory, I have six crates here 2 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet crammed with Sealord parts.
The second marvel is that I have all the bits that are missing from the current inventory. It is as if you have a jigsaw puzzle and all the missing bits are at hand, an absolute miracle ! Everything the boat did not have at the time of sale, I have either crated, or in my loft.
Also you know about Westerly Headliner Droop...
...which is caused by the wrong glue being used origninally by the yard, a glue that melts in heat and then the headliner collapses......
Of course, to someone not familiar with this Westerly Phenomenon...including a surveyor....
....it looks from the inside as if the teak decks are leaking and causing the headliner to droop, and this again reinforces the fear of the teak decks as I explain above.
These are cosmetic factors that frighten people off, but you will agree with me that Sealords are True Dreadnoughts...
...overbuilt,,,overengineered....and over qualified....and super beasts.
And then, the occasional wear on the cherry stripe floor because of children scuffling about and the odd uneaten and refused sandwich in a locker also helps to frighten the fainthearted and the uninfomed...
And so, she is in a yard at the moment, having some work done on her to make her properly seaworthy to cross the pond, because, for the past 8 years she has been used a sort of weekend flat afloat for a family with children and only sailed in an inland sea where it is customary for the moment the wind reaches force 5, for nearly every single boat to be returned to its mooring immediately, so she has not, according to what I can percieve, been driven hard at all, and what is more, all the original stuff is intact.
I admire your navigation in iced waters immensely. I studied the theory in Merchant Navy College, and the closest I have ever got to practising it was in the Baltic on a 17,000 ton ship in which I sailed as Third, but of course nothing serious, very thin ice and no need for even an icebreaker.
Hats off, I am truly impressed. Of course, dealing with growlers, or hummocking or sheet is a very different proposition in a merchant ship and you have made me think deeply of what could be done with a Sealord.
I have am MD 17 D engine too. These were fitted as standard, and later models were fitted with the 2003 T Turbo, a very delicate engine compared to the MD 17 D which is a real workhorse and has stood the test of time.
The Volvo agent in the Hamble tells me they are now "getting a bit thin on the ground", but there is no problem with parts or reconditioning etc.,
Mine blows a bit of white smoke, even at lower revs.
It probably is the injectors. I will have it seen to at launching.
But it starts immediately and is very smooth running. It is being reversed from left hand to right hand because I am fitting a Bruntons self feathering propeller which apparently "likes" RH rather than LH on fin keeled boats for no apparent reason. It will increase the hull speed by 1 to 1.5 knots under sail and no whirring noises..
...and little or no stuffing box wear..
This is the first time I have heard of the calorifier giving trouble. Do you think it may be due to climate / Temperature ?
Very interesting to hear from you. Let us all keep in touch.
(Alberto el Esperto.