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Old 14-07-2016, 08:03   #1
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Survey and sea trial

The survey went exceptionally well. We were there for the haul out. They pressure washed the hull. It looks like it was just painted. The engines were thoroughly checked and the oil samples were sent off to a lab for analysis.

The mechanic had to swap out the generator impeller before the genset could even be tested. That was something I was going to do, anyway, so it’s already done.

The boat ran 24 mph during the wide open throttle test but the engines started to get a little warm so we returned to cruising speed. The engine impellers apparently need to be changed, too. That was already on our plan. Cummins 330s have a stellar reputation but the impellers are very hard to get to so we'll have the mechanic do that for us. Otherwise, we'll take care of oil and filter changes and fuel filter changes when we take possession.

The surveyor’s findings are broken down into A, B, and C-level. A-level means “don’t take the boat out.” B-level is stuff that should be paid attention to soon. C-level is stuff that you should know about and take care of one day. (maybe they all do it that way) The only A-level findings were safety related items like the horn doesn’t work and the flares are out of date (but still should work). A handful of flares from West Marine and a pocket airhorn from Home Depot will take care of those items until I can take a look at the horn, itself. The only other stuff he found was a couple of minor C-level findings and he felt the boat was in above-average to excellent condition. Sweet!



Afterward, the owner sat with us for a while and told us he had some surprises for us. Along with the dinghy, motor, tools, extra parts, two sets of spare propellors, and such... he was also giving us a $3600, self-inflating life raft that he bought and never mounted to the hard top, two collapsible bicycles, two new pillows still in the plastic, a spare anchor, and some other little stuff. Just keeps getting better and better! 😊

We're very much looking forward to closing.
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Sounds like a great survey result. What boat are you buying?


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A 1986 Chris Craft 426 Catalina. It's a 42' classic motor yacht design with twin Cummins 6BT engines, an 8kw Northern lights gen set, and a 10' Avon rib with a 6hp Johnson outboard. It's everything we were looking for that only needs some maintenance work and some interior redecorating.

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Congrats. Hope you have many happy sea miles together.


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If you can keep that same slip and keep her out of the sun, that will add years or maybe even decades of life to the exterior, especially the fabric and plastic parts
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If you can keep that same slip and keep her out of the sun, that will add years or maybe even decades of life to the exterior, especially the fabric and plastic parts
Ah, that would be nice, wouldn't it? Unfortunately, that slip is more than three hours from our home. The very fine marina we have selected is only an hour away from our house but it has no covered slips. We do the best we can with what we have, right?
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The surveyor’s findings are broken down into A, B, and C-level. A-level means “don’t take the boat out.” B-level is stuff that should be paid attention to soon. C-level is stuff that you should know about and take care of one day. (maybe they all do it that way) The only A-level findings were safety related items like the horn doesn’t work and the flares are out of date (but still should work). A handful of flares from West Marine and a pocket airhorn from Home Depot will take care of those items until I can take a look at the horn, itself. The only other stuff he found was a couple of minor C-level findings and he felt the boat was in above-average to excellent condition. Sweet!


Are you kidding, that's it, on a 1986 boat? Just had one done on a 1988 Pearson and expecting a mini novel.
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Are you kidding, that's it, on a 1986 boat? Just had one done on a 1988 Pearson and expecting a mini novel.
Yeah. This thing was immaculately maintained by the owner, who also owns the brokerage. 😃
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Sounds like it's in great condition and the extras are one of the great reasons to buy used.
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