Nathan's photo of 'Kudu' at Ebay
On 24th January, 2010 I did a blog* about ‘Kudu’ and her owner, Nathan Whitworth. He set out from London with the intention of sailing his twin-keel Corribee Mk 1 Bermudan sloop along the South Coast of England to visit his granddad at Christchurch. Instead, after emerging from the River Thames he headed north. He continued cruising northwards along the East Coast and while doing so, he came up with the idea of sailing around Britain, but by the time he reached Stonehaven, on the East Coast of Scotland, he ran out of money. It was getting very late in the season and weather prospects were poor. At this point he abandoned his around Britain cruise and had his boat taken by road to Preston where he put her up for sale – that was in late December, 2009.
As far as know, ‘Kudu’ has been for sale ever since, but I can’t find her on Preston Marina’s Brokerage list. However, they do have a fin keel Corribee Mk 1 for sale at £2,750, complete with a launching trolley. Nathan is now advertising his twin keel Corribee Mk 1 on Ebay.co.uk for £3,500. Maybe that’s a tad too much, but I can’t say without seeing his boat, and a boat is always worth what a buyer will pay. A seller need only find one buyer!
‘Kudu’ may be the very yacht you are looking for, but my advice would be to never part with your money without first seeing the boat of your dreams. Perhaps Nathan could be persuaded to reduce the asking price? Time and again I have observed boats rot because their owners wanted more than the market price. Meanwhile they had to pay storage fees while their assets decreased in value. By selling at a lower price they would have saved money in the long run.
Roger Taylor of, ‘The Simple Sailor.Com’, rates Newbridge Corribees very highly. He sailed his junk-rigged Corribee, by himself across the Atlantic for thousands of miles, including a visit to the Arctic Circle. (http://www.thesimplesailor.com/) Also see links below for Ellen MacArthur and Katie Miller who independently sailed their Corribees around Britain.
Text for the Day
James 1:5-8 ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, without doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man supposes that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.’
‘Kudu’ for Sale at Ebay for £3,500
‘Kudu’ Still for Sale
Nathan’s ‘On Kudu’ Web Site
Nathan’s Professional Web Site
*’Kudu’ and Nathan Whitworth
Nathan’s YouTube Videos via my Playlist
Nathan’s Twitter Page
Corribee (Info here about Ellen MacArthur’s circumnavigation of Britain via the Caledonian Canal)
Katie Miller also circumnavigated Britain in a Corribee