Do you remember : Privilege 37?

An inquisitive mind is a healthy mind! Indeed , over the last year or so we have had many requests and questions wondering why we ended up walking away from the Privilege 37. Now, because this boat is sold and under new ownership, we feel much more comfortable giving you our reasons.

The Privilege 37 was an older version but nonetheless a great boat overall. The finish was beautiful, the characteristics similar to the lagoon 380 although this particular one had had a rough life, and might have not received all the tender loving care… It was the classic story of why our heart is not the primary driver of our brains! Thankfully we followed the wisdom and honesty of the surveyor, we had chosen rather than letting our heart get attached!

First of, when you try to sell something it is usually a good idea to dress up your “estate” to make it more appealing to the eye. It is a simple basic marketing rule for us, sadly it was not quite the case for that one transaction. And to illustrate this, the evening we arrived with a contact in hand and a deposit in our pocket, we were ready and willing. The first walk around the boat, started to raise some red flags. And at night, once in our bunk we looked at each other and I said “No I will not buy it, don’t worry”.

The next morning started with an early visit of the surveyor, first thing first. He asked to have a chat with us, and we confirmed that we had some subject that needed removal before the deal was done. That reassured him, he had a walk around the night before and the owner had told him it was a done deal, we may be youngish but not stupid. At this point we had decided that this exercise will be a lesson in boat inspection and will enable us to be sharper for next time.

The sun was high the weather was hot and we were ready, and it didn’t take long to discover some major issues. I will summarize a few for you in photos.


Water damage, had been repaired but the wood was not bleach and tinted before re-varnished.


Home made repair, if you can’t do it just ask!

This summarize the seamanship aboard


Yes sail can be cleaned also.

Why would you leave onboard visible exemple of galvanic corrosion from past life.

Mold everywhere, we learned later that the boat sat unoccupied for two years in the tropic.

We will not talk about the structural damage on one hull. The goose neck was shot dead and not even greased. So overall a boat that needed a big refit to bring it to a level, that we would like it to be.

In retrospect even if we were disappointed, it was one of the best thing that happened in our nautical life. It showed us that even if you start with a great quality, boat maintenance is all. In other words, you really need to know what you are talking about and have your eyes wide opened!

We could have easily made the mistake : the local sun and Pacifico helping we could have bought the romance, only seeing the good and tried to ignore the tell tale signs. In contrary it made us ready and sharp for our next time at kicking the can. We were ready, we knew what we wanted, and we made it happen once we found the right boat.

So now you know and we can travel to Island 270th. Yes yesterday post counted for one. Lots of trials and errors were needed to achieve that post and one place we don’t want to be doing those would be.

Baffin Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut is the largest island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest island in the world. Its area is 507,451 km2 (195,928 sq mi) and its population is about 11,000 (2007 estimate). Named after English explorer William Baffin, it is likely that the island was known to Pre-Columbian
Norse of Greenland and Iceland and may be the location of Helluland, spoken of in the Icelandic sagas (the Saga of Erik the Red (Eiríks saga rauða) and the Grœnlendinga saga).

In September 2008, Nunatsiaq News reported archaeological remains of yarn, rats, tally sticks, a carved wooden Dorset culture
face mask depicting Caucasian features, and possible architectural remains, which place European traders and possibly settlers on Baffin Island not later than AD 1000. What the source of this Old World contact may have been is unclear; the report states: “Dating of some yarn and other artifacts, presumed to be left by Vikings on Baffin Island, have produced an age that predates the Vikings by several hundred years. So […] you have to consider the possibility that as remote as it may seem, these finds may represent evidence of contact with Europeans prior to the Vikings’ arrival in Greenland”.