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Boats from £80 In Seized Harbour Auction

Everyone loves a bargain! Get your hands on a boat for as little as £80 this February. 
Between 1st February and 1st March this year, boats that have been impounded at Bristol Harbour will be going up for auction online, with some going on the market for just £80!
82% of the money made from this auction event will be pumped back into the harbourside in a regeneration project. 
Auctioneer Graham Cockle, of Crown Consultants and Auctioneers, said: “The boats are seized for various reasons by the Harbour Authority. Some people just disappear, while other people just fall into arrears so much they decide the boat’s not worth it and the Harbour can have it. We run an auction of this kind around every two years. I’d estimate we raised around £16,000 for the Harbour last time, and we’re targeting something in that region again.”
When asked which craft he thinks will be the star of the show this year, Mr Cockle has his bets on the classic Nelson Pilot boat, ‘The Queen of Sheba’. This is forecast to bring in the majority of the takings with it already being hedged as the “star attraction”. The 1969 model is over 40ft in length and 11ft wide as well as being in “remarkable condition” considering she has been sat in the Harbour for a number of years. Mr Cockle estimates she has a worth of around £15,000.  

An array of other boats are also set to be auctioned including a number of dinghies, canoes and smaller crafts:
Lot 2: Sun Rise A Norman 61421 River Cruiser
Lot 3: Bo-Tel 6m River Cruiser
Lot 4: Macaw Shetland 212
Lot 5: Phoenix 2255 GRP River Cruiser
Lot 6: GRP River Cruiser Project
Lot 7: Avon Rover 2.8 Rib
Lot 8: Mary Morgan GRP Sailing Boat
Lot 9: Morwenna - Atlantic Clipper Project - 1973 36 Ketch
Lot 10: Ambition 10.5m Blue Water Yacht
Lot 11: Marguerite GRP Day Sailer
Lot 12: Topper 7397 Sailing Dinghy
Lot 13: Topper Sailing Dinghy
Lot 14: Splosh GRP Day Sailer
Lot 15: 5m Carval Built Day Sailer
Lot 16: Mirror Sailing Dinghy
Lot 17: Sparrowhawk 3m GRT Tender
Lot 18: Windward Inflatable Tender
Lot 19: Inflatable Tender
Lot 20: 16ft We.no.nah 2+ seat Canoe
Lot 21: Coleman Kayak
Lot 22: 4m Wooden Canoe
Lot 23: Suzuki 4 Stroke Outboard Engine
Lot 24. Musto Jacket and Trousers (L)
Lot 25: Waveline Crew Life Vest
View all auction items here.
Mr Cockle told BristolLive: “If you have the DIY aspect about yourself, there will be some you can pick up for about £80. We have boats going back as far as the 1960s, and if they’re a good representation of a very early model, there might not be many around.”
Interested? Mr Cockle will be holding weekly public viewings each weekend of the auction between 10am and 4pm. Head to Underfall Yard to the Harbourmaster’s office to join a viewing. 
Manage to get your hands on a bargain?
If you’re one of the lucky few to benefit from these bargains, you’ll have 30 days to remove your boat from the harbour. This is due to year long waiting lists for berths in the area and the point of the scheme being to move the boats that are no longer in use out of the harbour.
“The Harbour is evolving all the time, and it needs to have the old removed to make room for the new”, says Mr Cockle. 
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Abbie Rogers
Boats And Outboards Marketing Team
Published on 2020-01-30