"Orion of Aberdeen" was presented for sale as a Worldwide Expedition vessel. The organization website advertised Orion as a research vessel, taking scientists into the Atlantic Ocean to conduct research and experiments.
Purchased in February 2017, the following pages represent a diary of events.
Following the discovery of numerous concealed deficiencies a legal case was initiated, and subsequently referred to the police.
An investigation revealed that "Orion" was originally purchased from Dieter & Angelika Schilling in 2011 for an agreed sum of €65,000 [The Schillings reported only €62,500 handed over].
The Schillings sold "Orion" in 2011 under full disclosure regarding its condition including serious corrosion and a fractured keel from a severe grounding.
Furthermore; to make the purchase, €30,000 + €28,500 was borrowed from two individuals ...neither of whom have been paid back.
Subsequent inspection by a qualified surveyor revealed numerous problems that are documented herein.
The genuine survey revealed problems which constituted severe danger of death to anyone sailing aboard the vessel. Extracts of the survey under the 2018 tab
To expand their business Ocean Con wanted to acquire "Grace of Falmouth", a recently refitted 1926 Danish wooden gaff ketch - renamed "Grace of Aberdeen".
In a gesture of good faith and generosity P Jackson purchased "Grace" for Ocean Con in 2017 AND gave them an additional €17,000 to kickstart their new business venture.
Previous vessels owned by OceanCon
Boat Number #1
Boat Number #2
Orion (V. Hazardous)
Boat Number #3