On seeing the PBO Project boat Hantu Biru at last year’s Southampton Boat Show, more than one visitor ruefully commented that ‘you can’t buy boats like this anymore’. That’s true – but you can win this one!

After nearly four years’ restoration, during which the PBO team have sanded, scraped, repaired, refinished or replaced every inch of the boat and her fittings, it’s time for her to move on.

We’re giving one lucky winner the opportunity to win Hantu Biru, complete with everything we’ve fitted to her during the restoration, including her engine, instruments and sails.

To enter the competition visit Hantu Biru on her berth M612 at the Southampton Boat Show marina or enter online at: http://www.pbo.co.uk/competitions/win-the-pbo-project-boat-hantu-biru

PBO Project Boat

PBO Project Boat

Hantu Biru joined the PBO team in late 2011, when we rescued her from a Dorset fish farm after winning her for £510 on an eBay auction.

She was in a poor state, with flaking paint, a seized engine, UV-damaged gel coat and weeds growing in her rotten cockpit floor, but we thought she showed potential. Closer inspection showed that she’d had an interesting life, having been the pride and joy of army Major Geoffrey Dennis and following him through postings to Singapore and Kiel before returning to the UK. But those days were long gone, and the closest she had been to water for 20 years was the stagnant rain that had collected in her bilge.

So began a long struggle to restore her to seaworthy condition. It hasn’t been easy, and the project has had some dark days, but we’re delighted with the result and would argue, albeit with some bias, that she’s now the smartest Snapdragon 23 afloat. We’re sad to see her go, but it’s time that she passed back into private hands to be used as she was intended. To find out more about the restoration, don’t miss our Project Boat Handbook; £4.99 from newsagents or by calling 01202 440832.

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Boats of this kind rarely come on the market in this condition, and in this case it would be hard to argue with the price. All you have to do is answer the question below and she could be yours! The competition is open for entry using the form below and will be closing at midnight on Sunday 17 January. If you would like to view her, she will be at the Southampton and London boat shows, and also at Scotland’s Boat Show in October.

All of us at PBO wish the winner fair winds and sunlit sails with Hantu Biru. All we ask is that you look after her.

To enter the competition visit Hantu Biru on her berth M612 at the Southampton Boat Show marina or enter online at: http://www.pbo.co.uk/competitions/win-the-pbo-project-boat-hantu-biru

  • DavyF3

    This is a great restoration story, it looks as though it has been rescued just in time. In a sailing club near to me there is a Snapdragon which I have seen it on the water several times and it sits in the water is so gracefull. This yacht would be blend in perfectly in my local club.