Originally Posted by simonmd
Correct, it was done last year for the present owner when he was buying
it. Yes, my boat had a recent survey
which I saw before I got it, wes very good too!
Again, some great input from a wide range of knowlege, Many Thanks!
I think the overall picture is 'buy it very cheap
if you can and be prepared for a lot of work'. Overall then, I think i'll give it a miss, the fact that it's not been built to full factory specs is the worst thing for me, just a bit too suspect.
I think that's a wise decision if only because it's so far away and that makes proper inspection
and sea trials and negotiations etc all that more difficult and expensive. And you'd need a good inspection
to verify its current
condition compared with the picture painted in the year-old survey
. So on balance I'd agree that the costs are too hard to gauge to make this a sensible buy. There'll be plenty of boats nearby over time that you can choose from.
But that aside, I am a bit amazed by many postings to the effect: "the boat is broke, walk away". Reminds me of a cartoon
, Zits I think, where a broken tail light prompts junior to suggest that they buy a new car. Senior is of course stunned.
Whether that boat would suit the OP's needs, or whether it's a good sea boat etc is one thing; but whether it's broke and should be scuttled or rejected is entirely another.
I don't reckon there was anything in that survey that a competent weekend handyman couldn't fix. And any cruiser should aim to be at least that, because chippies and sparks and grease monkeys most likely won't be on hand when you're way out there.
Unlike motoring, you can't just pop the vehicle in for a regular service
and expect to be able to sail off without strife to the next sundowner. Being able to fix every part of your boat in tricky conditions is at the essence of the cruiser. And learning
how to do just that is where at least half the pleasure lies. IMHO.