Achilles Sailing Yachts built by Butler Mouldings
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Achilles 24 fin (Jem) £2000
Illness forcing sale - giving up sailing.

A few jobs outstanding.
All of the known A24 weak points are in good or excellent condition on Jem.
No signs of water ingress anywhere in the deck foam sandwich
The fore-stay anchor strap is excellent with no rust
I've freed-off and greased the halyard bobbins at the mast base.
The keel-bolts all look excellent with minimal surface rust - just need painting (paint supplied) and also for the bilge.
The galvanised RHS skeg support is very good - the last owner removed the pintle for inspection. Needs about 2 hours work to refit and fair in with epoxy.
The mast is down and has a new forestay - needs fitting
All new halyards supplied - need fitting. These and the forestay are new and cost £150
All interior berth cushions have been fully valeted and fitted with all new buttons - cost £265 at Springers. All original beige Ambla in excellent condition.
The Honda 5hp outboard needed a major service after standing for 3 years and this was done by the local Honda main agent at a cost of £375
All the rudder stock and tiller metal work and castings are excellent with no cracks.
All windows are good, well sealed with no sign of leaks,
It has two main-sails, one with RYA number Y2700 and another with the original sail number (276?) A furling jib and spinnaker, including newish pole
Unusually, it is fitted with a 240v RMU and cockpit input socket with about 6 sockets throughout the boat, in addition to the standard 12V system. This has proved invaluable whilst working on Jem. .
She will need minimal work of about 2 or 4 days to make fully sea-worthy and pretty again. Jobs outstanding in addition to the above:
The hull and deck needs a good clean and anti-foul, brightwork needs sanding/re-varnishing  
It could really do with a new tiller (a slight split) but the existing tiller could be easily repaired and varnished.
It needs a new forehatch seal, but the existing one isn't leaking - just looks tatty.
Could do with a good clean and varnish inside after standing for over 3 years.
After 3 years she will need a new battery.
She needs a new back-stay tensioner sheet and furling gear sheets. The kicking-strap needs a good scrub.

Overall, Jem is a lovely, completely original Achilles, not been messed about with and in very sound condition, with no major work or expense required other than cleaning and tidying. She comes equipped with all the abrasives, paints, varnish, fillers, sealants, etc with which I intended to finish her, probably several hundred pounds worth in total and all best quality.

She is currently standing in a cradle on the hard in Newport (NUSC) and moorings would be available should somebody join the club - I think I pay £100 pa which is about as cheap as it gets!

Equipment includes a newish DSC radio, Nasa Log and Depth, Origo twin burner spirit cooker, a good supply of warps, Porta Potti, compass and all the usual kit, with good spray hood and sail cover. There are some 'photos of her in the Flickr gallery click.

Asking price  £2000.

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