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Old 15-05-2016, 12:42   #16
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Re: Every wannabe cruiser’s biggest score!

I'm jealous...enjoy!
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Old 15-05-2016, 12:59   #17
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Re: Every wannabe cruiser’s biggest score!

Congratulations on your new life on a cruising yacht. Just because you get a cruising yacht doesn't mean you have to turn your back on expeditionary vehicles. I have had four sailboats and six Land Rover Defenders. Sailboats and Land Rovers are clearly expeditionary machines.
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Old 15-05-2016, 13:16   #18
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That ...is a spectacular boat. It's the size and type I'd go for if/when the Gods permit some extended cruising. Congrats.

(I'd also love a Land Rover Defender to bits, but they're rare around here)
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Old 15-05-2016, 15:36   #19
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Looks a bit like a large Folkboat. I had a Twister once that was an enlarged one and was a very good seaboat. You can go a long way in a boat like this and it will be not too much of a drain on your finances. Just shows you that good things can happen. Congratulations.
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Old 15-05-2016, 15:39   #20
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Dittos on the Survey. Its the best investment you can make on that beauty.
Id make it priority #1.
If there is a huge unknown problem .... you wont be spending money fixing things for naught.
If it comes out clean ... you have peace of mind, as well as a value on the boat.
Besides, your insurance company will require one .... and you DO want to insure that sweetheart.

Keep us posted here on how you progress, you Lucky Dog.
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Old 15-05-2016, 15:55   #21
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Not a typo...dove 2-3 days a week, 48 +- weeks a year, for 10 years......Thats for a different forum though
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Old 15-05-2016, 15:56   #22
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Cool score, looks like a really nice boat, really like the dual alternator setup, I will be doing the same in mine.

You going to keep her the same color?
Sure am. If it isn't broke don't fix it.
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Old 15-05-2016, 16:00   #23
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A couple years ago, living in Silicon Valley I developed an obsession with expedition vehicles. Learned everything about them and thought they were the coolest thing around….until a buddy from Sarasota stayed with me for a few days. He thought they were cool to but he was a sailor.

He said yeah those are cool and all but if you want a real expedition vehicle get a sailboat. They make their own water, their own power, and can go a LOT farther.

I thought it was a cool idea but wasn’t all the way into the idea. He tried to get me to fly to Puerto Rico to sail back with some of his friends. I couldn’t swing it at the time.

I followed his trip on the spot tracker and became hooked. Since then, I’ve read and watched the entire sailing related internet.

Six years ago, for the previous 10 years, I was very much into scuba diving in California, had a 24ft boat. I once added up the gps milage and it came out that i’ve done about 35000 miles on saltwater…all coastal. I know the basics of seamanship.

This idea may just work.

After 8 months of research, i talked to another sailor buddy. He said “you want a boat? You can HAVE mine. Come and get it! When you sell it we split it.” I didn’t think it would be much of a boat.

Boy was i wrong.

Since then I gave away 90% of my stuff, and moved to Florida from California. I don’t intend to live aboard just yet. Still adjusting to going from 1400sqft to 1 room…but i’ll get there.

So now for the boat: Stored for 3 years. Not a single hint of mold smell.
All systems stored properly…pickled etc….

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Hull purchased new in 1983, home built, launched in 1986. 80% of its life in great lakes
Yanmar 18hp…so clean i’d eat off of it
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2000w inverter charger (w/ desulfication function)
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Fridge, sink, head
Water maker 25 gal per day runs off of bank
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What it needs:
Bottom paint…hope to do copper
restore all external wood
Bleach and scrub the gelcoat
restitch all sunbrella
restep mast install bowsprit
Maybe running rigging…i hope its just faded

Needless to say, i’m beyond stoked. Cant wait to get it on the water!

Comments and advice are welcomed!
Nice Boat, already on a trailer, hook on a truck and head west!!!
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Old 15-05-2016, 16:02   #24
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Indeed! That's another reason to do the survey. It will give you a present value should your great friend fall on hard times and suggest you then sell the boat.

Let the expidition begin!
He and his wife cruised it full time for 3-4 years. They had enough of living in such a small space. Now they have a house on the water and are happier.

He just wants it to be used and taken care of...and to get out of storage fees.

Another reason he wants me to have it is so he can use it when he wants. We both win!
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Ordinarily the most expensive boat is a free one, but you may have found the exception to the rule. It will be tough to find anyone who can beat that deal unless someone wants to PAY ME to take that nice Mason 43 I saw recently..... or I might win the lottery and be hit by a meteor... twice
When buying a used car I will only buy from the right owner...someone thats maintained it meticulously and taken REALLY good care of it.

This was owned by that guy. I worked for him for 3-4 years in the 90's.

When I walked in and didn't smell anything the excitement started. Then when I saw the engine compartment "SCORE!!!!!!" was running through my brain. I knew what i had.
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Congratulations on your new life on a cruising yacht. Just because you get a cruising yacht doesn't mean you have to turn your back on expeditionary vehicles. I have had four sailboats and six Land Rover Defenders. Sailboats and Land Rovers are clearly expeditionary machines.
Absolutely! Once the boat is squared away I'll be doing a few things to my trusty Grand Cherokee (don't laugh she's practically family)
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When buying a used car I will only buy from the right owner...someone thats maintained it meticulously and taken REALLY good care of it.

This was owned by that guy. I worked for him for 3-4 years in the 90's.

When I walked in and didn't smell anything the excitement started. Then when I saw the engine compartment "SCORE!!!!!!" was running through my brain. I knew what i had.
Sheesh, it just keeps getting better... dang it. BTW, I am guessing you were diving commercially out my way? You definitely have plenty of sea water in your blood! Great boat! Congrats!
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Nice Boat, already on a trailer, hook on a truck and head west!!!
Thats the plan! West all the way to the Gulf. I thought about ditching the trailer, but my buddy, who will find a place to store it, strongly advised me against it.
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Looks a bit like a large Folkboat. I had a Twister once that was an enlarged one and was a very good seaboat. You can go a long way in a boat like this and it will be not too much of a drain on your finances. Just shows you that good things can happen. Congratulations.
I really didn't realize what a great boat Morris Yachts built till i did the research. I am VERY fortunate. I love the fact that my friend built everything above the bare hull. I know his work and how meticulous he is. Chuck Paine was consulting on his build and was pretty active in the process so i know its done right.

Chuck designed his retirement boat. Its this exactly but 6 feet longer.
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Sheesh, it just keeps getting better... dang it. BTW, I am guessing you were diving commercially out my way? You definitely have plenty of sea water in your blood! Great boat! Congrats!
Oh yeah.....I did a bunch of multi day trips out of Santa Barbara. Wilson Rock is my favorite site of all time. No commercial diving for me. Just a whole lot of recreational / technical dives.
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