Originally Posted by Boracay
At first I thought the engine would be a John Deere 4045TFM but looking at the photos this would be unlikely. I put a 4045DFM into Boracay a while ago and they're a nice engine, but don't seem to like being overloaded.
I would have thought it was a bit small for a 50' power. 6,000 hours and a 1980 boat makes it an old engine.
I'd suggest that you really need to find out which model engine is in the boat to get an idea about what it's like.
The photos show what looks like exterior carpet. Having a few photos of whats underneath may be a very good idea.
If there are problems a major rebuild
that far from home would be a nightmare.
You'd really need to get a good idea about the steelwork before considering a survey
. Can you get someone to have a look?
Whenever I look at how much more work there is to go on Boracay I start drooling over Nordhavn 40's. Of course at 400 big ones I'd need to win the lottery. The Kadey Krogens carry a lot of fuel
but command similar prices for newish ones. There's also the Cheoy Lee
40 LRC but with twin engines if I want budget
G'day mates and thanks for your views.
I too feel the engine, 140 HP, is on the small side, I think a 2 - 300 HP would be much better for her and I agree, having pictures of the decks below the carpets would also be helpful.
It looks to me like there "may" be small areas of water
damage in the main saloon
and in the head
...I don't fancy removing all that wood panneling to check it out.
I'm in the same boat as you are Boracay...Big dreams, small pockets
, The site I found the 50 footer on also has a 38' Fiberglass
Chris-Craft Coho Trawler. I like the look of her too and...she's going for a song
She has two petrol motors, twin Chris-Craft Ford 427's with conventional gears, and she draws only 3' wereas the 50 footer draws 6'.
I feel a boat drawing 3' would be better for my planned cruising area, the Hawksbury River for the wet season, the Whitsundays for the dry.
I also feel a 38' boat would be a better size with just 1 person (myself) aboard most of the time.
If I were to buy her, I would piggy-back her to Australia
on a freighter, then in Oz, pull-out the two petrol motors, sell them and drop in two diesels.
One of the members from one of the cruising fourms I visit has a website; On a section of that site, he provides a list of "registered" surveyors, world wide. I believe he is a surveyor
himself, Canadian I think, anyway, I would have bet I saved his site to my favourites but, can I find it again? Can I buggery!
He provides a whole heap of real helpful info' for boat buyers, so I'll go searching for his site, I "know" I saved it but...Where
BTW, I enjoyed your "Rust Never Sleeps" site/post