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Old 11-10-2012, 16:19   #1
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I Wish I Never Bought This Boat

Where do i start?....Three years agoe I had the bright idea to buy a bigger boat, so when I seen a 37 ferro cement boat that i could afford, i thought heres my chance. I had a nice PY23 that I sailed all the time, and took the kids out for weekends. I was able to sell her for the money to buy the ferro boat project.
I was so excited to get this bigger boat I didn't look at what I was taking on. I have worked on the boat since i have owned her, but i see no end to the bits and peices I need and the money to get them.
I have not been sailing since i sold my other boat and don't know when I will again. I am at my wits end. I have had her up for sale for a month so I can go backwards and buy a small boat that i can use, but no luck.
This is just a warning to people thinking of taking on such a project...........
IT WILL DRIVE YOU NUTS...........




RANT OVER.....FOR NOW....
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Old 11-10-2012, 16:42   #2
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I am a glutton for punishment. How much?
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Whats wrong with it? If the hull and rig are sound, take it sailing and get some joy out of it instead of all work.
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Old 11-10-2012, 16:47   #4
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I am a glutton for punishment. How much?
Dude, this a WARNING......not a classified......but if your intrested ...
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Old 11-10-2012, 16:49   #5
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I had a mac 25 that I bumped up to a CM32 ketch that had been on the hart,, years.

All can go well, you need a workable plan.
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Old 11-10-2012, 16:50   #6
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Whats wrong with it? If the hull and rig are sound, take it sailing and get some joy out of it instead of all work.
The volvo penta that i had rebuilt , seized last winter. I am unable to sail her from her mooring and back.
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Pics of mac25 and ketch.

You will have a difficult time selling a concrete boat with a frozen engine.

Two jobs for awhile while you save save save.

Wwwsurpluscenter.com has new marine diesel engines for less than a grand. Kabota I think.
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Pics of mac25 and ketch.

You will have a difficult time selling a concrete boat with a frozen engine.

Two jobs for awhile while you save save save.

Wwwsurpluscenter.com has new marine diesel engines for less than a grand. Kabota I think.
I hear ya, my one job lobster fishing takes up the time of two. The kids take up the save save save. I'm screwed....
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Project boats require money or time (often both). I feel your pain.
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Re: I Wish I Never Bought This Boat

Mark

Been there and done that.
At the prodding of others to get a bigger boat I went looking for a project boat I could afford. Well, I got it. Sold it 3 years later for much less than I had into it. The worse part was that I didn't sail for those 3 years. Glad you finally goT to the same point. Just dump it for whatever you can get.

Whenever someone on these type forums says they want to get a project boat, most are very supportive, I am in the minority. For every 'success' story there are hundreds of failures.

I wont buy a boat unless I can sail and motor it the day I buy it. I'm OK with cosmetic surgery, but not the essentials of what makes her go.
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Been there and done that.
At the prodding of others to get a bigger boat I went looking for a project boat I could afford. Well, I got it. Sold it 3 years later for much less than I had into it. The worse part was that I didn't sail for those 3 years. Glad you finally goT to the same point. Just dump it for whatever you can get.

Whenever someone on these type forums says they want to get a project boat, most are very supportive, I am in the minority. For every 'success' story there are hundreds of failures.

I wont buy a boat unless I can sail and motor it the day I buy it. I'm OK with cosmetic surgery, but not the essentials of what makes her go.
I am not alone.....Thanks...
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Even boats that can meet that criteria require a lot of work. I agree. There's a REASON they're call project boats. I've only "met" one skipper online who actually enjoyed doing it, but were smaller boats.
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Whenever someone on these type forums says they want to get a project boat, most are very supportive, I am in the minority. For every 'success' story there are hundreds of failures.

I wont buy a boat unless I can sail and motor it the day I buy it. I'm OK with cosmetic surgery, but not the essentials of what makes her go.
Yes! There can be a few things wrong that are minor or dirty. The colors might be bad, the sails might need a little repair, batteries might need replaced, and the rigging might need some parts replaced. But other than a bottom paint, the hull had better be in new condition. And, while I would rather use an electric motor, it would have to work too.

If you can't get it fixed in 4 weeks (which might turn into 8 weeks), it isn't right for you. I would rather work at a job for a few months to save up money to buy a better boat to be honest.
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Project boats require money or time (often both). I feel your pain.
A good reality check ...for those thinking of doing the same thing. If it's old and not been replaced in the last decade, it will need to be. I have told people more than once, "work some overtime or a year longer and buy a newer or less project boat"... Now if I could just take my own advice.
The amazing thing about it is, after boating for 40 years, you would think a person would know everything he needs to... to avoid problems... then something totally new pops up after you buy that boat....
A 30 foot boat is a great cruising boat, it has 2 staterooms, a head, a galley and it limits the size of everything and how much you can complicate it!!
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Old 11-10-2012, 17:55   #15
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I've learned the hard way like you have, when I was very much a sailing newbie. It was a very frustrating to the point I became bitter, losing a whole sailing season, especially when I could see all the other boaters enjoy their boat off their slips. I would never purchase a boat again that cannot be regularly sailed safely for a reasonable distance - almost immediately after a purchase.
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