Originally Posted by callmecrazy
In that order.
Then just leave somewhere in-between
Great advice so far and congratulations on your new Tayana!! One of the best cruisers out there!!
However, and really not to pour cold water
on your elation, I think there is something WAY more important to look at when you first take possession of a new boat. (a new boat to you), and that is safety
. I've been in sailing since 1974 and had more than a few boats...and here's what I suggest right off the bat. It's not the fun stuff at all....but it's the important stuff that will ultimately bring safety
to you and your family
. As an example here's stuff I found on my newly purchased 1983 Freedom 32. (gettin' too old to sail the bigger stuff solo...)
A couple of months ago I bought a 1983 Freedom 32 that was a wonderful deal price
wise. It passed survey
with the typical 'everything is okay' but you need to update your fire extinguishers and flares type thing. So I took possession and then and only then does the process of learning
what you really bought set in. I immediately started doing a complete and detailed inspection
of the boat myself. Here's a list of just a FEW things I found that could have ended up very badly if I had ignored them, or if I had let my marine surveyor
lull me into a sense of safety.
1.) The Propane
solenoid was wired with no fuse or circuit breaker. The hot wire went directly to the solenoid from the main 12 volt buss and they used a panel switch in the return ground lead to activate the solenoid. ...nice, twenty feet of hot single
jacket wire with no fuse/breaker protection.
2.) The gear shift cable clevis connector on the engine's transmission
shift arm was held on by two or three threads, and when I went to replace the shifter Morse cable the clevis fell off in my hand. (also the throttle cable had two G clamps on it because of throttle creep and the previous owners didn't know there was a friction adjuster bolt inside the Edson
pedestal) Replaced that cable too because it was ruined by the G clamps...
3) A 12 volt positive buss bar with NO fuse or circuit breakers and ALL and all the crimps were done with a knife type crimper that crushes the crimps to make a connection. (replaced the bad crimps doing them with a gas-tight die crimping tool)
4.) And the most fun one... the ground lead on the solar
panel regulator battery
output pulled out of it's crimp connector as I was running my new flux-gate compass
wire, and came in direct contact with the positive lead right next to it! With a bright flash of flaming arc
it welded itself instantly to the positive lead and then the cables
began smoking. NO fuse. NO circuit breaker...and I had to hurry like mad to pull the welded lead off the positive terminal.... If that had happened with nobody aboard that could have been a really nice fire right there.
5) The wheel steering cables
on the Edson
pedistal were SO loose on the rudder
quadrant that I could pull them off the quadrant by hand! NO kidding. Upon trying to tighten them I discovered they were too long and I could not take up all the slack. So... a couple of bulldog clamps on the cable ends and all is well now.
6) The rudder
shaft packing gland
had seawater weeping out of it. Why? Because someone thought that the rudder flax could be laid into the rudder stuffing box with a half inch of GAP between the ends of the flax packing!
I replaced the flax packing with TWO rows of flax intentionally a half inch too long, and the ends cut at a 45 degree scarf so as the flax wears the scarf takes up the difference. NO leak now...
7) I found a proper Groco seacock thru-hull with a hose that disappeared into 'who knows where', and when traced down that hose I found it had a stainless bolt shoved in the end of it with a hose clamp around it. AND, the seacock was in the open position! At least one would think they could have safety wired (monel wire) the seacock in the closed position....geez....
I repeat; NONE of these things were found by the surveyor
because they just can't take the time to delve that deeply into the inner workings of the systems.
So... in a nutshell, when you ask what's next? I'd say put the fun stuff of for a couple of days and really dig down into the boat. Go through EVERYTHING that controls the boat and runs systems with a fine toothed comb; shift/throttle cables/connections, fuel
filters, water pump impellers, ALL engine
hoses and clamps, head
joker valves, vented loops, thru hulls and hoses, through hull/seacock valves, worn hoses, (above AND below waterline...propane hoses too---look for chafe), panel wiring
, circuit breakers and/or fuses
on the BIG battery
cables and main power feeds, the windlass wiring
panel wiring, and anything that can sink your boat, or burn it to the waterline. (do NOT be afraid to really give ALL your important crimp connections a good tug to make sure they are tight. If they are not you need to know about that NOW)
After you've done all that stuff you can get to the fun stuff because you'll know you can sleep at night, but for now you can learn a lot of stuff about what you just bought with a couple of days of serious on your knees, head
in the bilges inspection
Hope this gives some help....