Hi everybody, I am Ivor Flitman and I'm in the process of buying an old LM27. The boat, Minerva, is in Tarbert, Loch Fyne. You may get better weather down south but the sailing grounds on the Clyde and west coast of Scotland more than make up for the weather, and as I will now have a wheelhouse I'll be able to enjoy even more (my last boat was a Westerly Centaur - now up for sale in Tarbert). Minerva is in sound condition but needs a little tidying. A new cockpit canopy and standing rigging will be required. I'd be interested to hear from anybody who has purchased these recently, advice on suppliers and costs would be appreciated. Looking forward to getting the work completed asap and then Hebrides here I come.
Welcome Ivor! Hope you enjoy Minerva as much as we do Marguerite. And, having sailed with a friend out of Dunstaffnage as well as crewing for Garry Owens in his LM 30 trip from Skerries to Glasgow last year (described in the Cruising Advice section of this site), I completely agree with your view of sailing in the Scottish coastal waters.
As for your refurbishment, when we bought Marguerite in 2009 we had all her standing rigging replaced for £750. And in 2011 we had a new cockpit cover made by Dolphin Sails of Harwich for £1,340; the material used was Weathermax which is marvellously wind- and water-proof and cost no more than standard acrylic. Those are East of England prices, but they should give you a ball park figure; no doubt you will want to use local craftsmen for your own work.
Do keep the site up-dated with your progress and please contribute to the Cruising Advice section from your own experience.
Many thanks for that info Charles. The price you paid for standing rigging is about the amount I was expecting, but the cockpit canopy price is quite a shock. I will let you know how I fare in Scotland.
Hello there, This is Lis and Jan from Holbæk, Denmark joining the board. We bought our LM27 in 2007, living out an old dream of ours. Found it in Bua, Sweden from it's second owner and it still had the original Volvo MD11 engine, freshwater cooling since day one in 1978. Ater 4 years the rear cylinder started loosing compression, and this winter a brand new Volvo D1-30 was installed. Prices in Denmark on these boats were fairly stable untill 2009 when they dropped 10-20 pct, meaning one can get a fine, well maintained LM27 here for around 200.000Dkr. Equal around 21000£. Due to the fact we live our life in the cockpit, we have dismantled the table and berths in the main cabin and rebuild it with 2 real good permanent beds, 80x190cm and with real quality mattresses. The front cabin is as always, making room for either 2 grandchildren or one adult. Also this winter, a used gennaker was purchased and a front platform for this will be installed. If any of the LM owners ever visit Danish waters, feel free to contact us and we will show you the best fjords for LM sailing.
How very good to hear from you: welcome to the LM Owners' forum!
Your prices in Denmark are appreciably lower than in the UK, which might encourage some British potential owners to consider buying in Denmark and sailing back here.
Thank you for explaining the modifications you have made to your LM 27. On cold or wet evenings - in 2012 that meant most evenings - we prefer to eat in the saloon, so I don't think we will be converting ours into a permanent bedroom. I hope the gennaker is a success; I have been tempted to get a cruising chute, but it hasn't come to the top of my list of priorities yet.
Jessie and I visited Denmark - she is Danish by birth - when we were in the process of buying Marguerite, and loved the country, the people and their approach to life. We also saw lots of LMs in the marinas and harbours round the coast. It is high time that we came back, but not this year as we are taking the boat across to Holland in the summer and that will take up most of our holiday time.
Thanks for the nice greetings. And by the way, if any of you brittons need a new canopy, the place where LM originally had all their things sewn, still exist. It is called "Schultz kalecher" and resides in Kolding. The web page is: www.schultz-kalecher.dk/ We needed a new marine blue for our LM27 and called them. He asked for the build number, and then he found the original drawings he had made of the canopy and fittings for my boat back in 1977!!! He even described, that on of the fasteners were moved 5mm out of place on my boat and that this not corresponded to the original drawings from LM...The prices of canopy, boom/sail cover and other is in the high end but all is made in Denmark and corresponds to the quality of th LMs. Jan
Hello, bought an LM30 last December and are currently having the boat updated and refitted. Weather permitting we hope to have the boat in the water in late March/April. We sail out of West Mersea, Essex and are members of WMYC with whom we plan to cruise in company this year.
Welcome to the LM Owners' Association Julian and Christine!
What is your LM 30 called? I expect that we will see you in the River Orwell at some stage this year. There are several LMs in the Orwell, mainly 27s, but there is also a 26 and a 24 at Woolverstone. It will be good to see a big sister in the area.
Hello Charles, name of boat is now "Matilda" formerly "Two Sisters" and she used to reside at Tollesbury. It is our intention to visit the Orwell but our first shakedown cruise is to Brightlingsea followed by Chatham.
Hi, my name is Lorne Shantz, my wife Colleen and I have owned our LM 27 MkII for 29 years having purchased her new. We live on the west coast of Canada and sail her 12 months a year. Each year we do an extended cruise north and have gone to Alaska once. Our favorite cruising area is the Broughton Archepelago where we usually cruise for 2 to 3 months for the past 18 years. We are interested in meeting and talking to folks with the same boat and sharing information. We love our LM like a member of the family and feel she is a great boat for a couple to cruise with. Look forward to hearing from others on this forum.
I had read about the LM boats and found a man here who had brought one here for himself. He had ordered a second one so we waited to see it. It was off loaded in Los Angeles and became lost in a warehouse for 2 months. When they found it it was trucked to Vancouver. We finally got to see it and bought it right away. We have gone to many boat shows in Canada and the US but after 29 years there is no other boat we like as much as our LM "Shaunsea" I'll try later to post some Photos Lorne
Hi everyone, we are Nuria and Leandro and are the very happy owners of an LM30, our boat is laying in Bayona - Galicia - Spain, we spend the summer sailing Kotrolo all around the Rias Bajas with our daughters, we have a small group of LM owners in our area and have a Facebook page were we publish photos and experiences CLUB MOTOVELERO LM GALICIA