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Paulgolden
Oct-04-2013 @ 11:44 AM                           Permalink
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Back in July on a hot sunny day we stumbled across a centre cockpit Elysian in a large boatyard on land under, or rather in, a hedge with man devouring nettles at least up to deck level right down the port side. In her agony the Elysian reached out to us telling she had been abandoned for 6 years and desperately needed someone to love her again. Fitted with a 1.5 bmc diesel/borg warner box, much of her internal structure whilst sound with no sign of rot was in a terrible state with drawers and fittings missing. Externally she was worse with at least 6 coats of various coloured paint peeling off together with bird droppings and foliage stains. The windows were green with moss, canopy green with age, plastic windows blown out etc etc. In a moment of outrageous folly we agreed to buy her on the spot and passed over a modest cheque thus breaking every sound convention known to man when buying a boat. There were two overriding reasons . 1 We love the Broads, its simply unique, but its a 4/5 hour drive from our home in Chesire so weekends are out as we have 6 year old twin boys at school. Further, keeping a cruiser on the Broads is very expensive and as we are now pensioners costs matter. However our boatyard near Stratford on Avon is only 1hr 45mins away with motorway s nearly all the way. Further the costs are very reasonable with 1 years on hard standing costing £410.00. The Avon and Severn combined give good cruising possibilities although flooding can be a problem but for now the battle has commenced with stripping huge amounts of paint from the superstructure back to original gelcoat. It must be repainted but l would welcome advice as to most suitable paint. Can anyone suggest where l might find Elysian fittings ive looked on the Elysian Boats site whist interesting there doesnt seem to be much interchange between owners unlike the Seamaster club. Also can anyone suggest a company to renovate the windows. Sorry to bore you all on what essentially is off topic but hopefully we can have a season on the broads in the future. It will be eventually flying a Forum flag. A near neighbour on the yard is F26 New Generation (latterly Roving Gem) bought from Richardsons and very nice it is too.

Paul Golden                  


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sorry if this sounds nosy,but can't get my head around pensioners with 6 yr old twins? How do you find time/energy for restoring a boat? Good luck with the project!

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Hi Paul

First congrats on the boat and what a good choice it is.  Have spent the last 6-7 years working on our Elysian.  Don't really know what you mean by "Elysian fittings"  each boat is an individual and are all kitted out different.  As for windows.  We've only had to replace one so far. (That's if you don't count the windscreen. We made it from polycarbonate and used the old window as a template.

Graeme

All right so what is the technical name, sharp end or pointy end?

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I am lucky enough to be involved with a pair of aft cockpit Elysians. One here on the Broads, and one based on the Nen (Nene to some!) which occasionally makes a foray onto the Gt Ouse via the middle levels.

One is BMC the other Perkins powered.6 of 1 half a dozen of the other. A really competent boat.

BTW,a reunion is being held in Ely Beet club on 25/10/4

See  http://www.orcharddelight.co.uk/Gettogethera.html

My middle son and I will be attending as the designer of the Elysian will be there to talk to as well.

You might look at this as well.  http://www.elysianboats.co.uk/



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We've just replaced a Freeman 22 with the always admired Centre Cockpit 27 Elysian. I'd been quietly on the look out for one, but wasn't sure about the change from quiet petrol to noisy old diesel!! But when I saw a pretty original boat for sale with a Ford Watermota petrol engine, I just snapped her up and enjoyed a five day voyage back home to the Gt Ouse near Ely from Oundle marina on the Nene.

One thing I don't really like is the slippy design of the reverse gear (feels like the Freeman did - works but one has to be patient with it!). I wonder if I could fit a different gearbox to this engine which has more postive reverse drive?

Other than that I love the boat and in a year or so will bring her to the Broads.


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Hi,
If the gearbox is a watermota " J " type then we have the same type on our boat matched up to a ford 1.6 escort diesel goes into reverse nonproblen and full power straight away.
Robin

Cruising is fine but I would
rather be sailing, long live
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