Originally Posted by CCRDR
Over the years I have had everything from trailerable sailboat's to ocean going yachts.
I know what goes into a restoration in terms of time and money as I have restored many boats in the past.
you sound like the boater who buys a boat through a broker and pays someone to maintain it for you.
I did not mean it as a personal jab and you are quite wrong about my boat experience. So without embellishing my experience too much...
1) Built a Van da Stat seadog 29 in Canada
in 1976 at the age of 22. 2 year project
2) Built a Roberts 34 (Steel) in Ca. 1986. 2 1/2 year project
2b) While building my Roberts 34, helped a yard amte build a Roberts 434.
3) Found a Olympian 34 abandoned in the Barstow desert in 1989. Completely gutted the interior
, including most of the bulkheads and rebuilt her from the ground up. 2 1/2 year project.
4) Complete rebuild
of a 1966 Tartan Blackwatch 37. Including tearing up all the decks and re-coring her. 1996.
5) Found a floundering Ingrid 38 and totally rebuilt most of the interior
, all rigging
(44 wires), engine upgrade (Yanmar 4jh from Volvo
MDII) and set sail for Hawaii
before losing the boom in tropical depression Boris and Douglas and having to turn back. 2008. 3 year project.
6) Abandoned after the owner passed away a Hallberg Rassy
35. A 2 year refit
which includes rebuilding the engine myself, complete rigging
, all interior. 2 year refit
. Sailed the vessel to Mx. where I will now take her to the Marquesas
So yes...I know there are no free boats. There are a few members here on CF and that are participating in this thread that can varify most of my claims.