We bought Fandancer in March 2010.  She had been in the marina for two years, neglected by her current owner, who was no longer able to sail her due to poor health.


The day we became the owners of Fandancer…

After a survey, she moved to her new home in Gosport Boatyard.  We moved aboard in July and lived there permanently for almost 18 months while we renovated her.  We didn’t own a house – I gave away all my possessions.


Our home for almost 18 months….


Interior of Fandancer on the day we bought her….

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Every part of Fandancer needed attention.  It took us three weekends to scrape of layers of ancient antifouling paint.   All the old pipes were removed, we had new toilets, sinks, showers, water tanks ……

The aft cabin was stripped back to the fibre glass, a new window installed, leaks repaired.  Here are some before and after shots of our aft cabin…..


The mess was indescribable!  looking back, I cant believe my husband persuaded me to live like that.  We had no floor in the saloon for several months while the mast step was repaired.  Then the water tanks under the floor were removed.  We had no cockpit floor while the old engine was lifted out and a new one installed.

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After a horrendous winter with snow on deck and icicles hanging from the bow, things began to improve.  Tim added a swim platform.  We had new sails and sail covers made, new rigging, new propeller and prop shaft.  New anchor windlass, anchor and chain.  All the electrics were renewed, new LED lighting.


Me – painting the decks, changing them from a dismal battleship grey to cream. It took many coats……


Our lovely new swim platform – very necessary for Mediterranean sailing.

Eventually Fandancer was launched, and we sailed from England to Greece!