Man spends 5 years renovating boat, it sinks as soon as it goes on water

Man spends 5 years renovating boat, it sinks as soon as it goes on water
Published: 2017 June 30 22:42:43 (2123 Views)
A man dedicated five years of his life and thousands of pounds into renovating his dream yacht.

And then it sank, literally within minutes of it hitting the water.

Richard Ogilvy, from Forres, Moray, bought the dilapidated WWII boat, Sea Wraithe, 10 years ago but only began renovating it in 2013.

The 75-year-old worked up to eight hours a day ripping off the fibreglass deck, treating the rotten wood and getting the engine running on the 40ft boat.

And then on Saturday, Richard finally decided it was time to test his handiwork and launch his boat into the North sea.



Unfortunately the boat did not make it as far as the harbour wall.

Richard then had to get two of his sons to help him haul the boat out of the water.

But he won't reveal how much money he's spent restoring the boat – because he still hasn't told his wife, Sue and he is afraid she will ban him from trying to get the boat afloat again.

Richard first spotted the boat on eBay around 10 years ago and released it could be a golden opportunity for a restoration.

The yacht was built in 1936 and was originally used to train German naval officers before the Second World War.

After the Nazi's defeat the British commandeered the vessel, along with many others, to deprive Germany of any military force.



Source - Metro

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