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Old 12-01-2018, 16:54   #1
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Need advice on a specific vessel

Hello all. Typical story...about to purchase a boat and going to sail the carribean w/the family...have been looking at boats for 6 months.

Made an offer on a boat, and it was accepted. Survey complete. Want a sanity check from some experienced sailors. Would like to PM boat listing to those that can give me some sound advise have been there...let me know who is wiling to help me over PMs. Thanks in advance, and am looking forward to the adventure.

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Old 12-01-2018, 17:01   #2
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Sure, I will take a look.
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Old 12-01-2018, 17:52   #3
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Be happy to take a look.
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Old 12-01-2018, 20:50   #5
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I'd be happy to take a look and even review your survey for you if you like (4586 surveys completed).

My website has many articles on how to inspect a boat including Marine Survey 101 and many actual marine survey reports (the good, the bad and the ugly).

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Old 13-01-2018, 03:34   #6
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I'd be happy to take a look and even review your survey for you if you like (4586 surveys completed).

My website has many articles on how to inspect a boat including Marine Survey 101 and many actual marine survey reports (the good, the bad and the ugly).

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Wow Wallace: I read the survey articles on your web page. One horror story after another.
What is wrong with people?
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I live in a different world I am always amazed by the photos of impeccable boats I see on this forum and the number of large well executed projects. Most of what I have crawled through in the last few decades have been shall we say of a somewhat lower grade. Many members here are truly far, far above average.
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I'd be happy to take a look and even review your survey for you if you like (4586 surveys completed).

My website has many articles on how to inspect a boat including Marine Survey 101 and many actual marine survey reports (the good, the bad and the ugly).

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Wallace is local to me and is well-known for the quality of his work. If an actual marine surveyor offers you a free look-see, I would go with that.
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I live in a different world I am always amazed by the photos of impeccable boats I see on this forum and the number of large well executed projects. Most of what I have crawled through in the last few decades have been shall we say of a somewhat lower grade. Many members here are truly far, far above average.
I think that's because the Great Lakes are more forgiving (unless you sail in early May or late October) and bad problems take longer to kill negligent owners. The boat stock here is also (thanks to fresh water and five months on the hard for most) considerably older than elsewhere, where a boat faces harsher conditions and the worst-case scenario is not "15 miles offshore".

I got 39 years out of my Viking 33's rigging, for instance, and it wasn't obviously bad when I changed it as a 40th birthday present to the boat. But I did change large parts of the original electrical system, because "to code" in the '70s was not to my code when I owned the boat. I've seen plenty of even 1960s-era boats with original everything, because that is possible to get away with, not because it's a great idea.
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Wait, Slow Down!! Stop. Are you really ready to buy after six months? Have you sailed much? Why not lease or charter or join a club first for a season or so? How about your family? Their age, their schedules, do they have any experience? Is this a real, or a romantic set of ideas? Rent a condo for a while and just try out different boats and conditions. One good squall and with the crew leaning over the side losing their lunch brings forth a lot of reality. The world is full of boats quickly bought and then sadly deserted due to people finding they really do not care for boating.


Boats like horses are easily bought and hard to sell. Set back have a beer and think this through.
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Old 13-01-2018, 11:52   #11
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I'll agree with sunseeker. Choosing a sailboat should be well researched, as so many variables exist. Forums are full of opinions of what makes a good cruising boat. I would start there and come up with a list of questions like how big, cat or mono, 5, 10 20 yrs old, furling main or slab reefing, what ocean, radar arch, tender, brands, ex charter or privately owned. The list is long
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Life is short. If you can live with the consequences .... Go for it !
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Wallace is local to me and is well-known for the quality of his work. If an actual marine surveyor offers you a free look-see, I would go with that.
" Wallace ,( / " a Wallace " ),,, came from my country , a long time ago,, he has impeccable pedigree,, go with him...
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I'd be happy to take a look and even review your survey for you if you like (4586 surveys completed).

My website has many articles on how to inspect a boat including Marine Survey 101 and many actual marine survey reports (the good, the bad and the ugly).

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Wallace,
What's your website address?
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Wallace,
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Either of those links will take you there.
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