Well, i've gone and done it! I have agreed to buy Mystery; A 21ft classic Meteor yacht dating from 1956. It is in unappealing condition, currently stood on a trailer in a field and has been described by the wife as 'firewood'.
The current owner suggests paint and a bit of TLC is all that is required. We shall have to see whose assessment is more accurate.
I have a couple of friends who have agreed to help with the sanding and painting so may get to sail her this year.
Now i'm off to find a friendly boatyard where I can get the boat fettled into sailing order.
Oh, and i've just found a boatbuilding ruler for converting imperial to metric, in order to fit imperial designs onto metric-sized sheets of plywood. It is a simple idea - the kind I like best!