Didn't see a dinghy
listed though there is a motor
for one. Don't know what 'optional' means on that motor
. The life raft seems too large, way beyond certification
and may be too old to be re-certified under Euro specs. You'd want a back up for the autopilot
unless you're willing to sail with a fairly large crew. At least large enough to stand 24/7 steering
watches. There were no storm sails
. I'd want some back-up. These could be picked up on Ebay or the Euro version of Craig's List fairly cheaply. Also, a reacher or chute would be a nice to have sail for the passage
you are planning.
Well before leaving would want to add BioBor or other anti-flora additive to the fuel
and change all filters. Go sailing for a fairly long passage
, run the engine
for at least 10 hours and check the fuel
filters again to be sure the critters aren't clogging it/them up. If they are picking up a goodly amount of crud quickly, either have the fuel scrubbed or be prepared to change the filters underway with plenty of spare fuel filters. Assume you know how to change them and bleed the injection system.
Assume the rigging
is ten years old. It it was me, would change everything using Norseman or Sta-Lok terminals. It's not all that expensive or difficult to do yourself and will get you intimately acquainted with the rigging
which is a VERY GOOD THING. Also inspect the running rigging carefully. It's not as critical as the standing rigging but a broken halyard
can ruin a passage.
The batteries also appear to be original. If that's the case, they are history
even if they will still hold a charge. If the batteries are more than 4 years old, I'd replace them or count on them failing during the passage. With all the electronics
that we rely on these days, autopilot
, etc, the last thing you need on a series of long passages is to lose the batteries. Also the Epirb battery
, is it current
or not. Replacement is $300 or so if it needs it.
You will have the boat surveyed, I assume. Before you waste money
flying to Europe
, unless you just want to go, find a surveyor
now. Pay him to just look at the boat. He should be able to tell you whether it's worth making the trip just on a walk by. Could be the best $100 or so you will spend on the boat. Don't mean to demean the broker but some are a little reality challenged when it comes to getting a commission.
So yes, the boat seems to be reasonably equipped but not quite ready for long ocean passages.