Mister Heijsman finally reaches a point at which it is for him no longer possible to maintain the boat properly. At that point no one in the family has time and means to pick up the stick.
She is then sold to the guy that sells her to us in 2006. That is when we start the mega overhaul. This takes almost 4 years. The condition of the boat is apparently not to bad but soon we find out that there is a lot of hidden misery to be repaired. The support beams of the cockpit deck have completely rotted away under a firm layer of plaster and paint. We also find layers and layers of paint and polyester on rust.
Having pointed this out to the former owner there is a short discussion about being gentlemanly or not but than we decide not to waste any more time on him, take our significant loss and start with the fun!
One thing leads to another and after 4 years of hard but extremely interesting learning and labour we have a boat that stops people on every bridge, makes them turn their heads and say something like: "Nice boat sir!"