Take a look at Buying > LM 27 - the good and the bad and see what you think. In addition to the wheel there is a tiller in the cockpit for use when you are under sail. They are quite manageable single handed, even when coming alongside; of course on open water a tiller pilot helps, as with any single hander. With its long shallow keel the LM 27 won't dry out upright without beaching legs, but they are available. As for getting someone to take you out, I suggest that you go through the Introduce Yourself board, find an owner relatively close to you and make direct contact with them. Good luck!
Hi All Now the proud owner of Arish Mell a LM27 mk2 based in the east coast of England. New to yacht sailing - had a motor boat years ago and sailed small boats/catamaran's before. - so all help and advice would be greatly appreciated.
Welcome to the LM Owners' Association Charlie! Where on the East Coast are you keeping Amish Mell? We are on the Orwell at Woolverstone, or will be once we have launched again in a fortnight's time. Happy to help if needed and where possible, and you will find a great wealth of knowledge about LMs and their problems among the other members of the Association; just post your question on the Problems and Solutions > Advice Sought board and someone will come up with the answer.
Hi Charles Thanks for the kind welcome. I know Woolverstone well, I looked a few boats there. I am at Titmarsh - (I original misspelt boat name - it should be Arish Mell). Needs some TLC and busy tidying up before my wife sees it. New to Yachts and taking refresher skipper course in May - should be ready to start sailing in June. I have a slight problem with the inside window filler it has shrunk and popping out at corners - any ideas? Looking forward to being part of the LM owners. Regards Charlie
Is Arish Mell in the water or on hard standing? We will be in Titchmarsh marina with the rest of the Royal Harwich Yacht Club's shakedown cruise in company, arriving on Saturday 19 April and leaving the following day, Easter Sunday; timings not yet known. Perhaps we could meet, probably best on the Sunday morning.
Hi Charles Will try and make that date and it would be good to meet up - boat is in the water at moment. Needs to come out for annual tidy up. The previous owner left in for winter and out in spring and back in asap. Talk soon. Charlie
Walked round to view Arish Mell this morning. You weren't on board, but that was as expected. She looked in really good condition and it doesn't look as though you have anything to worry about as far as appearances go. The Titchmarsh Harbour Master had volunteered how well the previous owner had maintained her and how much time he had spent on the decks. She is certainly a great deal more presentable than Marguerite, which we love dearly and sail with much pleasure.
We have just come back from the weekend cruise in company, 8 boats from the Royal Harwich Yacht Club making the short trip round to the Walton Backwaters as a shake down cruise at the start of the sailing season. Coming back this afternoon off the coast of Harwich/Dovercourt we went through the most mountainous short seas I have ever sailed through; I knew the boat was perfectly within its comfort zone, and I was terribly impressed with how stoically Jessie withstood it and contributed very positively to the voyage. One of our fellow boats - not an LM - suffered engine failure and ended up being towed home by the Harwich inshore lifeboat.
Hi Charles Sorry I could not make Sunday - I had a family do at lunchtime and could not get to the marina. I have been cleaning the decks on Friday and Saturday - it needed some tlc. The wind was strong and glad you made it back ok. All the best. Charlie
So pleased to be told about the LM owners assoc. I am Richard Biggs and my crew is Jan Pond. We bought LM 30 number 280 about 8 years ago. She was originally called Elke Fair, then Saxon Warrior then Blythe Spirit II but as we were given the original VAT receipt, she is now called Elke Fair again. Built in 1986/87 with twin keels and she has looked after us through some horrendous weather. We have cruised from Littlehampton to the Isles of Scilly; crossed the English Channel many times to Brittany; managed to get round into North Biscay and down to the Glenan Isles and love cruising the Channel Islands. Our weekend cruising ground is the Solent as we are based in Ashlett Creek and we are currently in Ryde Hbr close to an LM 27 called Sandpiper.
Hi Folks, been looking for a decent motorsailer for about a year and have decided that LM yachts are the likely candidates to enable us to have a more comfortable sailing experience. So, our current budget is low due to our offspring being of that "special" age. We have decided to go for the LM 24 with Bukh engine. We are having a survey conducted next week and will await the outcome with baited breath. If anyone has got any experience with the 24, please feel free to drop a line. We will update our progress over the next few weeks (if all goes to plan, we will make the purchase and start to "personalise" our 24) Bye for now.
We have regrettably only recently found the forum, but thought we would introduce ourselves. We are Kevin and Jenny, live in Fowey Cornwall, and sail an LM27, “Siren”.
Siren spent the first 30 years of her life in Majorca under the name “Elisa III”. She was returned to the UK , where we bought her in a rather sorry state. We were looking for a project, as our work means that we have plenty of time in the winter months, and she fitted the bill perfectly.
Without wishing to bore you, we have carried out a major rebuild over the last four years, starting with a complete re-gel coat – and we don’t just mean below the waterline – the entire hull and wheel house! New aluminium windows from Ertec, new Beta 36hp, (& shaft, prop etc) complete rewire from scratch, new plumbing, instruments the works. The list goes on and on and I havn’t even mentioned the new canvas, upholstery, heating, sails and instruments or the fact that our house will never quite loose the smell of varnish! She has been a real labour of love, but worth every bit of the hard work and effort.
Alas we don’t get to use her quite as much as we would like, but with such beautiful weather at the moment we are looking forward to getting away on her for the next couple of days. Our work commitments in the Summer may mean that we alas decide to sell her, but in the interim we use her as much as we can. If any of you are cruising in the Fowey area do let us know. Also pleased to pass on any specific information we have picked up during the rebuild.
Thank you for your kind words - certainly a labour of love. I have read some of your posts on the forum and you clearly use your boat a lot. I had also considered fitting proper berths in the saloon as you have done - we also live in the cockpit. In the end however I decided to leave it as it was, but totally stripped out the forepeak and relined it. It's not original, but much more roomy and comfortable. When I started out on the rebuild I was reluctant to change much, but in the end some changes have been made for comfort. The main thing is to keep the classic feel of the boat and only to change things in a way which suits your own needs. In some cases I have even 'gone backwards' - I have two electric windscreen wipers and the middle screen has a lovely manual one fitted, which you just turn the handle on to operate. It always makes people smile, but works really well and is a nice retro fitting. One of our favourite features of the LM27 is the galley in the cockpit - one of the reason we chose an LM. It works well, is very sociable and all of our friends with boats with 'traditional' layouts love it.
Managed to get out on "Siren" for the last couple of days. Fabulous weather and down here on the Southern coast of Cornwall we have so many beautiful places to visit within a six hour cruise.
you are so right, Kevin. I also love the old manual wipers but in our waters, and when sailing from april to late october I must say the electric ones are fine for me. Are you able to post a picture of the front cabin after your changes? Our's is stil as it was in 1978 being mostly used for grandchildren's occationally stay and storage room. All my maps are more or less permanently under one of the mattresses ready to be picked up. We simply love our floating sommerhouse and during this summer's heatwave in Denmark, we practically live in it. Ofcause also some sailing and so far this year we have just passet 500NM.