I just checked in here and read the posts on Bullfrog. In January 2014 and just a couple of weeks before Bottman purchased Bullfrog i had agreed to buy it for 80k and deposited 20k on it based on the purchase going ahead subject to a "reasonable" survey. I had started my offer for it at 60k but had to go up to 80k which was more than it was worth but, hey what's 20k when it comes to old multis. I had the broker put her on the beach at Bayview in Pittwater and flew Geoff Cruse down to do a survey at the same time he was doing one on a mates Crowther 52 Cat, Two Up Together. Geoff did a full survey including a moisture test across the boat and his findings were the boat was in trouble. He marked all the areas of concern with a grey lead pencil, (which i've seen Bottman refer to in old posts) and looked at me and said Darren, you'll need to spend at least 150-200k just on stripping the boat and fixing/rebuilding the damp balsa before you even fair and finish it and then have to replace the motor, sails, fittings etc etc. The boat would have needed to be stripped and put into a shed. I live in Sydney, so that was the first problem, where to do it? As much as i love the boat as I feel I've been associated with it over its full career, i had to let it go on Geoffs professional advise. it was beyond my capabilities. Geoff's survey findings were because of new work and fittings put on the boat that leaked into the balsa. So with this now behind me, I then went to France and looked at a few options there. That was going to be all too hard and I couldn't find the right boat there at the time. Then Top Gun came onto the market, I also tried to buy her 4 years earlier, however Gavin beat me to it. I quickly sold Indian Chief and bought Top Gun and have loved every day of bringing this old racer back to being a beautiful racer/cruiser in the best condition its ever been in. After reading all this and realising Bottmans struggles, I hope Bottman passes this treasured tri onto someone that can do the full restore and bring it back to its former glory before its all too late. I'm not entering into any further debate on this topic, however i felt compelled to share my story on this amazing tri.
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