Offshore CruisersUnited KingdomPoole1999
‘Top Hat’ is a Botnia Targa 30 built in 1999 with twin Volvo KAD44s.
She has had two owners from new with us acquiring her in 2006. Since then she has operated as a RYA Training Vessel in an RYA Training Centre. This means that she has high hours but has been looked after irrespective of cost.
She has invariably been serviced twice a year with the legs rebuilt at least annually. For the last 8 or so years she has been stored out of the water on the rack system at MDL Cobbs Quay where she can be viewed.
Reason for sale
Having owned her for approximately 13 years she has got to a stage where the hours mean that she is a somewhat refined old lady and given that we now have access to a twin shaft motor cruiser which we intend to conduct our motor cruisier training on, her sale makes sense.
Top Hat is fitted with twin Volvo KAD 44s with approximately 6000 hours per engine. She has a supercharger and a turbo charger per engine all of which work fine. The engine bay is fitted with a fully automatic Seafire FM200 fire-fighting system and a triple battery system.
The outdrives are duo-props and have been rebuilt on numerous occasions. Whilst some parts of the legs are still original in reality the legs have had so many parts changed that the number of original parts is small.
The vessel has trim tabs. The insulation in the engine bay (as you can see from the photos) could do with replacing soon.
Mike Wills Marine at Cobbs Quay (who are independent Volvo experts) have looked after Top Hat since we have had her and have always fixed any problem irrespective of cost. We were using this boat commercially so anything that needed doing was done. We will have lost track of the number of items that have been replaced however the engine oil will have been changed twice a year and the outdrive oil at least annually and usually six monthly
Twin Icom radios (one is DSC), Raymarine Touchscreen chartplotter with radar radome. Simrad autohelm, Furuno navtex, Raymarine speed/depth gauge/log. AIS (switchable) transceiver with a dedicated antenna. The boat has triple batteries with a smart 240v charger, and the electronics are reviewed each year by Seacraft marine.
The hull is in very good condition as earlier this year all dents and dings that are an inevitable product of training were repaired by Marine Options at Cobbs Quay. There has never been any serious impact damage to the hull (or legs) during our ownership and none that we are aware of during its previous ownership. There are some marks to the rubbing strake with a chunk out of the starboard one and the stern one around the swim platform. The swim platform has some cracks to it, but these are minor and not structural and arise from the exposed nature of the swim platform when near pontoons.
The hull is antifouled but we do not do this yearly as we store it out of the water.
Each year we teak oil and deep clean the craft and this is obvious when you see her. The helm seat needs recovering but we will provide enough material to do this in the original style.
Each berth has its own cushions all of which are intact and in good condition as the vessel was not slept on for courses.
In total there are 5 berths.
There is a sea toilet and a shower head plus a fridge (which has seen better days). The hob for the galley was replaced 2 years ago and the gas system is serviced annually.
All original paperwork is present. Top Hat was originally Part 1 registered but this has lapsed. She is currently Cat2 Coded with IIMS but this will lapse on sale however getting her registration reassigned to a new owner is far easier than coding a vessel from scratch not least as all the required work on the engine and fire systems is done. Mike Wills Marine will confirm the statements made in terms of the work carried out on the vessel.
If you are looking at this advert then you know how good a Botnia Targa is. This is a high hour example and is at the stage of its life where it would benefit being retired into a caring home where it is used a bit less hard than we have used her for many years. It is a great boat and as I write runs fine but like anything, as it gets older it has its moments when it benefits from some TLC.
TH would benefit from a full engine out, strip down with every little connector cleaned, greased and re connected. In short it suits someone who wants a great boat as a bit of a project and gets it at a fair price reflecting this.
We work closely with Wessex Marine in Poole and they tell us that if this had low hours then despite its age it would fetch £100k+. Therefore, you can see that she is priced to sell. If your intention would be to turn up and seek to find numerous little faults and so try to beat us down on price then please do not bother contacting us. We know what she is worth and she is priced accordingly. Finding little bits to fix and improve is easy but what is unusual is finding a Botnia Targa like this priced to sell that suits someone happy to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in.
We will be sad to see Top Hat move onto a new home as she has served us well and is a very well-travelled boat with many stories to tell.
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