Farewell to PBO’s beloved Snapdragon 23 Hantu Biru who has been handed over to its new owner, by editor David Pugh and deputy editor Ben Meakins.
Anna Millington, an electronics engineer from Ferndown, Dorset won the restored PBO Project Boat, after being picked at random from almost 6,000 competition entries.
David and Ben bought Hantu Biru as a wreck off eBay and spent four years restoring the cruiser to her former glory, assisted by the rest of the editorial team for some of the bigger jobs.
Their restoration project resulted in hundreds of step-by-step articles, showing readers how to do up a boat from scratch.
David said: ‘All of us at PBO are delighted that Hantu Biru is giving a young couple the chance to learn about and enjoy sailing. She’s the perfect boat for pottering around the creeks and anchorages of the Solent, and Anna and Andrew’s enthusiasm suggests that she’ll be getting plenty of use. We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.’
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More than 55 comments from visitors to the PBO Project Boat Hantu Biru at the Southampton Boat Show
Bought on eBay for £510 back in 2011, the Snapdragon 23 boat's restoration is now complete
Scraping antifouling, fitting rubbing strakes, refurbishing the trailer and much more!
We paint the hull and deck of our Snapdragon 23 with two-pack polyurethane topcoat
We paint the hull and deck of our Snapdragon 23 with two-pack polyurethane undercoat
After months of filling and fairing, we epoxy prime our Snapdragon 23's deck moulding