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Old 09-02-2017, 18:25   #1
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Wet Deck Issues

I recently had a Hans Christian 38T surveyed...and it was found to have fairly extensive wet deck issues. Is there a discounted a price where you would consider this purchase, or would you walk away at any price? Is this something that could be addressed in Mexico, or is that even a foolish thought?
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Old 09-02-2017, 19:28   #2
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Re: Wet Deck Issues

Fixing them is a monster money & time suck. And sometimes you wind up needing to fix more than just the decks, due to what's discovered when they're deconstructed. Do a search under soggy decks, & you'll begin to get some idea why. Estimates tend to run in the low $ 3-digit/square foot range for fixing them.
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Old 09-02-2017, 19:57   #3
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Re: Wet Deck Issues

I think I know the HC you were looking at. There's another in BC with the same issues newer mast and rigging for even more $$. There is also a good looking Union 36 in the islands across from you for a similar price and looks to be in way better shape. I passed on both due to exchange rate and import charges but was seriously considering the Union.
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Re: Wet Deck Issues

Dunno... I don't think a deck recore is all that terrible of a job. Easier than stripping/sanding the bottom, for example. And you can do it one section at a time, without hauling the boat. But yeah, if I was buying, I might try to get the surveyor to estimate square feet of wet deck and then propose some formula such as $N/sq ft discount.

BTW, I looked at a beautiful Union Cutter, but... in the back of the cabinets all the plywood was rotten. I'm thinking the deck must leak like a sieve.
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Re: Wet Deck Issues

Why bottom-feed?
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Re: Wet Deck Issues

I would expect at least a discount equal to the cost of professional repair. Actually, above it - since an equivalent boat without issues can be taken on a sail NOW while the one with issues will spend weeks in the boatyard. Time IS money in this case.

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I've repaired this situation before because I was stupid and ended up stuck with it.

I'd never again pay money to sign myself up for that work.

Its a major tear up and it can involve significant collateral damage.
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Re: Wet Deck Issues

I have seen so many wet deck nightmare's I went out of my way to find a boat that supposedly can't suffer from wet decks.
Honestly it seems like Cancer, it doesn't look all that bad until you operate, then pretty soon the Patient is lost, actually I'd say most often the repairs are not complete, they don't get it all, and its only a matter of time before they are spongy again.

Now done right I'm sure that isn't the case, just most often from what I have seen, its not done right. I believe right may sometimes total the boat as in the repair cost more than the boats worth.

Now that I think about it, most boat yard repairs don't seem to be done very well
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