Hi there, long time lurker here who finally got registered.
First about me, and what I want in a boat. I've been sailing for 40 years, everything from sunfish on a lake to a 33' sloop
on short coastal cruises in New Hampshire/Maine. My plan at this point is to buy a smallish sailboat and single
back and forth between the Bahamas/Caribbean and New Hampshire/Maine (avoiding hurricane
seasons and visiting family
The time frame for purchase
is two to three years from now, when my princesses leave the nest. My cash budget
will be about $17,000 for down payment and maintenance/upgrades. For example $10,000 down payment and $7,000 to get say a newer Catalina
309, or say $4,000 down pay and $13,000 to get a vintage boat in cruising shape. Then I'll have some $2,600 a month to make ends meet. Higher loan costs and mandatory insurance
vs. higher maintenance
costs, seems like it will come out more or less even financially.
Here's my dilemma. Hull blisters
and sloppy repairs
of them. I love the lines of old boats, I like the heavier displacement
, I don't even mind boat maintenance
and small repair projects. But the thought of having the boat up on the hard
for months or a year while the hull
dries out makes me sad from a liveaboard
I've seen a number of 1964-1969 boats that I'd love to purchase
and which seem to be largely restored, including "recent" bottom, hull and deck paint
. It seems a mushy core
in a deck
should be fairly easy enough for a surveyor
to spot, but with new bottom paint
, there's pretty much no way to tell if there's a chemical stew of bad repairs
underneath, short of destructive testing. I've entirely left any 1980's boat out of my search.
Am I being paranoid? I do a whole lot of googling to see if specific models have specific problems. Does fresh paint
raise a red flag when you're buying
? Or is it just evidence of an owner who takes good care of their boat?