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Old 14-03-2014, 17:50   #16
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Re: So, you Bought a Sailboat, Then What?

Jesse, I'm a C&C nut. I'm looking at a few C&C 37+ and a C&C 41. It's an adventure.
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Old 14-03-2014, 19:01   #17
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C&Cs are great boats. We really loved ours.

Good luck!
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Old 21-03-2014, 14:34   #18
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I just bought a new boat. One of the condition of my offer was that the seller spend a day going through the systems with me after the sale. Instead of doing it personally, he has offered to send his captain (he didn't usually sail the boat himself) who knows the boat better. I haven't taken him up on it yet, but I probably will after I build up a bigger list of questions. You might consider adding a condition like this to your offer.
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Old 21-03-2014, 22:06   #19
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After all the formalities of finding "the" boat, negotiations complete, good survey and sea trial, and finally money exchange.......what next??

The boat will have numerous systems that will be new to you, including all the unique characteristics that the previous owner knows and performs to get the most out of the boat.

My question is; Do you ask the previous owner to spend time with you to crawl through the boat and get the low down on how things work (or not) and take the boat out to demonstrate how everything works in a safe, optimum manner.

As previous owners have you volunteered to assist the new owner, do you wait to see if they ask and say yes or no, do you just put the check in your pocket and walk away?????

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Old 22-03-2014, 02:10   #20
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I didn't buy, I built. All the systems were new, and I knew how everything works.

I don't understand your comment. Was it supposed to be helpful?
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Old 22-03-2014, 02:58   #21
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Guess we must have been lucky, we still send the previous owners post cards of our cruises and they send us Xmas cards each year.

Why did I buy this one, there is an engine log on board recording every time he started the engine in 19 years. The maintenance log shows the difference antifoulings he tried and his comments about them.

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Old 22-03-2014, 05:44   #22
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Try to look at other boats of your same model and talk to the owners. You will learn a lot and probably will come up with some great ideas for improvements.
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The PO of my boat were three older (70++) year old gents. They were somewhat helpful but short on facts.

What I did was
1. Change all fluids and bought spares for the filters and belt.
2. Joined the Tartan Group, many boats have user groups that are a good source of info. The Tartan group has some great members and some guys with 20+ years owning Tartans.
3 Read every owners manual on board and then got on the web to find and download the missing ones. At night I was known to turn off the boob tube and read a manual or two.
Be sure not to spend all the time learning the systems- sail her!

BTW photos would be appreciated. Coveting other peoples boats is acceptable
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Having sold my boat through a broker I knew some info may not make it to the owners so I made a note left it in the nav desk of the idiosyncrasies
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When you are learning these systems you should be starting your own personal manual in a binder or a spiral notebook, mainly about the instalations. Write down or sketch wire, fuse, breaker and switch locations, plumbing schematics, stuff like that can help troubleshoot problems encountered later.

I was once called to a boat to repair a windlass. Only problem was the switch, which was about knee high in the forward head was off, probably hit underway since the owner didn't even know it was there.

Upgrades will never be in the original owner's manual and you will have a priceless guide to repairs later.

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The best thing you can get from the PO is their maintenance list. I bought a 25-yo boat with no history, no logs, no communication with PO, no nothing. I've been replacing most things because it's obvious that they're shot and may have been original -- which is why the boat was priced much less than similar ones -- but some things would have really helped in the guess work, such as the age of the chain and wire on the wheel pedestal. But in the end, it's more fun to explore and get to know every inch of my boat on my own in due time, and in my own intimate way.
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I don't understand your comment. Was it supposed to be helpful?
Yeah, it was pretty complicated. If you build your boat, you don't need to worry about getting a previous owner to show you how it works. You'll know.
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Yeah, it was pretty complicated. If you build your boat, you don't need to worry about getting a previous owner to show you how it works. You'll know.

So, I guess what you are saying is the OP should build his own boat, not buy a used one. Is that your advice?
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Why did I buy this one, there is an engine log on board recording every time he started the engine in 19 years. The maintenance log shows the difference antifoulings he tried and his comments about them.

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wow! That's what I call an owner!
I'm thinking a psychologist might call him something else........
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