[Note: there are a large number of photo’s in this post]
We received word from our solicitors on the afternoon of Thursday 21st July that the Admiralty Court had given us the comprehensive order were requested and immediately started the process of arranging to inspect, identify and remove Waiouru from Ben Harp’s compound at Hixon.
It proved difficult to to arrange a crane and lorry before Monday so everything was arranged to occur early Monday morning. We had concerns the Harp’s might have already sold our boat and also be preparing to move it.
The Document Server would serve the latest court order on the registered office of Ben Harp at 8:15am and then telephone me. I had arranged a rendezvous point close to Hixon where I briefed the police, Tim Tyler and the recovery coordinator. We then moved to Ben Harp’s compound only to find it locked and deserted. Looking through the fence I could see part of Waiouru in the poly-tunnel and immediately noticed some of the damage.
After opening the gates to the compound we forced entry into the poly-tunnel where Tim Tyler inspected the boat and confirmed to both myself and the police that despite the modifications it was the boat he had built for us.
Almost anything of value had been removed from the compound and Ben Harp never appeared during the time we were present.
This was the interior of Waiouru when we found her on arrival in the UK back in late May.
Certainly not a £91,000 boat.
And this is the interior of Waiouru when we recovered her. The floor will have to be replaced as the ply isn’t to specification and has delaminated.
The foredeck (cratch area) had been modified
In May the cratch had a locker and fuel tank with a lowered deck and storage underneath. Ben had a local steel fabricator remove the side lockers and raise the deck.
The exterior of Waiouru in May
And now how she looked when we collected her
Poor defaced Waiouru heads for a safe location where she will be lovingly rebuilt!
next: Was it also attempted arson?