Hi I'm Mike, a keen Broads sailer I used to live in Gloucestershire but now I have relocated to Martham. I'm looking for a Seahawk, would prefer one in a ready to sail condition, but would be prepared to do some work.
You don't say if you have contacted any of the owners advertising on the site's For Sale page. A couple are available locally. Please let me know if you have and they are no longer on the market. Also have you checked out the recommended sites found on the Buyer's Page.
Have you a particular reason for picking a SeaHawk as your boat of choice, or is it one of a number of designs you are interested in?
As far as I can see there are only two boats for sale locally. No name at Weyford Bridge appears to need more work doing than I want to undertake, although I may pop up and view her anyway. The other is Grayling who is described as a project boat. I really would like something that I can sail now. There does not appear to be any Seahawks on other sites at the moment.
I would like a Seahawk because I have seen plenty on the Broads and they seem to be ideally suited.
Perry makes good suggestions. Also keep an eye on all the local brokers' sites. A search using the terms:
"norfolk broads" yacht brokers
seems to find most.
I do accept that neither of the local SeaHawks on the For Sale page, appear to be "top-notch" examples.
The bad news is that very few SeaHawks are sold in such a condition. As a relative cheap craft people don't seem to worry about them. They leave them rotting on their moorings for a season or two until they wake up to the fact that they are not using their boat and only then decide to sell. By then they have little enthusiasm to pretty them for sale or finish off that customisation they are half way through installing. Those that are in such condition sell very quickly and are easily missed.
Another reality is that boat owners have a passion for customising like no car owner I know. The trouble with that is that one man's brilliant addition, is another's "Why on earth did he fit that like that or even at all"?
Read the posts on this forum and you'll find almost every new owner has plans to remove fittings, refit things, or add bits, before they actually start sailing. Even if the boat you buy is, at first glance, in "ready to sail", the reality is that the same is likely to apply to you. And that means that you might as well consider a slightly untidy boat, and clean her up as part of "making her your own".
I did a search last night on all the usual websites and Norfolk brokers as per Greg's suggestion. One came up, it is currently on Ebay, on a three day listing with a buy it now price of £450. However I have been contacted about a couple for sale locally, which I am viewing this weekend, so will keep you posted.