Grandad Spends 5Years And Thousands Of Pounds Renovating Yacht

-It Sinks 5 Minutes After Launch

When Richard Ogilvy, 75, finally set out to test his beloved Sea Wraithe in the North Sea things didn’t quite go to plan

Richard Ogilvy with his 40ft wooden yacht, Seawraithe 

A grandad spent five years and thousands of pounds renovating a yacht in his garden – only to see it sink within minutes of its launch.

Richard Ogilvy, 75, worked up to eight hours a day, five days a week, treating rotten timbers and getting the engine running.

But when he decided to test his his beloved Sea Wraithe in the North Sea she did not make it as far as the harbour wall and went down in minutes.

The former forester and sawmill owner said: “Obviously I would have liked to see the boat remain on the surface.

The boat was little more than a collection of rotten timbers when Richard started working on it 
Richard worked up to eight hours a day, five days a week getting his boat water-ready 

“A boat is much better when it floats. But it was a life-affirming experience and when we finally get it sailing in a couple of months we’ll have a few beers, look back and laugh.

“I don’t like to think how much I’ve paid out. I certainly don’t want my wife to find out so I don’t tell anybody.”

He spent thousands of pounds on the boat
The boat was tested in the harbour in Richard’s home town of Forres, Moray

The boat is now propped against the harbour wall in Richard’s home town of Forres, Moray, and he is sleeping in his Land-Rover so he can pump her out every time the tide come in.

He said: “I see my wife for some proper food and a shower when the tide is low.

Wife Sue said: “I guess you have to laugh but it’s a shame.

The 40-ft Sea Wraith was built in 1936 to train German officer cadets 
It was tested on the water on Saturday

“Still, I get a quiet house while he works hard to repair it.”

The 40-ft Sea Wraith was built in 1936 to train German officer cadets to sail and was taken over and sold by the Royal Navy.

Sadly, the boat started sinking within minutes
One of Richard’s sons stands bewildered on the sunken boat (Photo: Caters News Agency)

Richard bought her 10 years ago and began work in 2013.

The dad of five said part of the joy of the project was being able to work on it with two of his sons.

He added: “It gave a lovely feeling of friendship with them and brought a lump to my throat.”

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