No, Wheels. It happened a little differently.
was complete and things like:
*Copper over aluminum
*Thru-hull zincs (R5's)
*Oil in the leaking saildrive
These things were changed *after* the survey by the PO when he put new props on over the weekend on a Sunday. I closed on Monday, after a short sea trial.
He was trying to cover his @ss since the saildrive
had a leaky seal (change the oil
so I don't notice during sea trial), change thru-hull zincs and use silicone (so I don't notice that the boat had a major electrolosys problem), etc...
He forgot to hook some of the bonding system back up, which contributed to the electrolysis
problem as well. I went through brand new zincs in about what... 2 mos? They were gone.
I had to correct a lot of stuff that he did *after* the survey. That's why it almost seemed he was sending me off to my death! ha ha (being dramatic) He did so many dangerous and damaging things to the boat after the survey, it could seem that he was out to get me. (kind of a joke there, too...)
So now everything is fixed:
*Sail drive seals
*Oil changed in saildrives
*New zincs (properly bedded with LifeCaulk (like 4200))
*Bonding system wiring
*New bottom paint
*Took down saildrive paint
to bare aluminum
, primed and put on proper paint
for aluminum below the waterline
*Took off prop guard/cages and patched holes in hull
from them (may have contributed to electrolysis
due to sheer amount of metal below waterline - weigh 25lbs each and large, complicated structures)
*Tightened saildrive hardware
to proper torque so props don't come loose again.
So all in all, the boat is now perfect below the waterline and in the engine
rooms, but man... what a mess he made after the survey. Most of his efforts were to hide his electrolysis problem, which he did a good job of hiding. It was due to:
of bonding system
*Copper over aluminum
*Prop cages, incorrectly bonded can't have helped
and he took the ground off the engines so the alternators couldn't charge the house batteries, I assume, thinking that this was the cause of the electrolysis.
Inside, we won't talk about his plumbing
mods I still have to fix.
Thank god I rescued this boat from this guy's hands!
Originally Posted by Alan Wheeler
I am a little confused. I assume all these issues were noted by the surveyor
were they?? And this was then "supposedly" being put right by the owner??
What you need to do in a situation like that is have the yard give you a quote. You then tell the owner that he has two choices. Either the yard does the job and he pays, or the repair amount comes off the purchase price
and you either do the job or get the yard to. You should never leave the repairs
to the owner unless you can trust he knows what he is doing. Or you can hang over his shoulder with every job to ensure it is completed competently. Before the boat is splashed again, you should have taken a quick inspection
to ensure everything looked OK. But hey, I wish I knew all that back when I bought my boat too Sully. Sadly our experiences can only serve to help someone else now.