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Travelled down to the south side to have a look at nice yellow Bermuda 34. The outside of the boat needs refreshing but nothing serious and in fact it is in quite good condition considering its age.

Inside however it was not so good. The general look of the boat interior was very, very clean and one felt this is good I can just get on board and cruise. However then some problems started to emerge . The first was the front sliding windows, they really just did not work as the locking mechanisms seemed to be locked on permanently and on one of the windows the actual handle to raise it up and down was missing. I cannot imagine any of that beimg an easy repair, if indeed parts are available at all!

Next, and perhaps more sinister, the floor was spongy in places, especially around the kitchen/shower area. I know that on these boats the floor is glassed in but upon lifting some of the floor covering I noticed that the floor seems to be covered over in its entirety with 3/4 inch ply boarding. There was one access point to the bilge and there was water laying there - not a lot but it was clearly damp in the bilges.

We decided to walk away from the boat but are these typical problems with the Bermuda/Caribbean class of boat? Should I have been concerned and are parts available for the windows?

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if the ole boot was priced rite and these jobs are to be done by you or some else then stick with it they make great cruiser for this part of the world

we have done many and worked on all aspects of these craft loads of times

the floors can be a big or small job
get it looked at by some one who knows

windows, umppph what a worry over nothing easy to sort out too...................

have a look again get some advise .............

the spongey floors are quite common and can live with if not too bad

do later cruise now ...............

survey will point out pit fall etc and advise

or keep lookin.............!!!!!

www.wayfordmarineservices.com

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Nov-16-2013 @ 4:44 PM                           Permalink
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But why is it Jon that Bermuda's seem to have this problem? Why was the floor glassed in?

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just a quickie the floors were two layers with a
sandwich of core wood ie soft wood balsa or good ole
block board and we have found some with chip board too

all modern stuff at the time all wonder stuff yer now

fibre glass on top and below most of them but some were
done different etc

beares were some time hollow glass boxes and once all
bonded to give it strength

wood sweat in close confined areas in a sandwich

split in floor ie next to door and water ingress from
little ole foot steps over the years from walking down
them ole river banks make them worse and go soft
quicker

middle floor next to shower same leaks from all those
ole showers etc ingrees of ole dutty water

these boat like most of others were built to last x
amount of years and are still going to day, at the  
time that was they way to do it, for price and time
reasons I reckon

if yer don,t like the design get onto "! mr ole frank b
wilds  "and complain !!!!!!!!

and moan to  " mr Arnold " to sort out them ole
hydraulics too .......!!!!

both gentlemen are sadly no longer with us but were
agreat asset to the company

still good ole boot s today make great one too

hold money well and are very practical ...

hope all make sense ......

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I think Richardsons were selling some of their Bermuda's ("Broadland Lass") if of interest

Dan

http://www.fbwilds.horning.org.uk (My website on the Caribbean bathtub!)
http://www.dhorner.horning.org.uk (My General Boating Website)

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I thought this boat rather nice.  I would love it.

http://hireboatsforsale.co.uk/boat/soaring-light-3/



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Alan...
www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/

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In my opinion the boats on that website are somewhat overpriced.  Yes they may well be good clean well maintained boats but the older ones certainly lack most things you would be looking for on a private boat meaning a lot of diy or expensive yard work to bring them up to scratch.

You would be better getting an exhire boat thats been in private ownership a while via a brokerage rather than straight off the fleet, unless the were a fair bit cheaper

49k for bright light, a 1976 with a bmc 1.5 which could be of a similar age .......I think not.  Shop around


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