This is the first post of many I think. My Girlfriend and I are in the process of purchasing
our first boat, a 1976 Ta Chiao CT 41
. The boat is in relatively good condition, except for some issues for which this post is made. She is currently in Martha's Vineyard
, and we will move her to NYC
in the spring to Live aboard in August after we get some of the issues dealt with.
The following are the major issues we see having to deal with, and for which we are asking the advise:
repair. There are several places where water
has gone through the deck
and areas that either need new glass or new wood or both. They are relatively isolated so I believe we don't have to replace the whole of or major parts
of the deck. I am asking for advise from people who have encountered similar problems with they're decks and how they handled those issues.
2. Instruments. The boat has nothing except for a transducer for a depth sounder
, but no gauges. I am asking for advise as to where are the best places to purchase
second hand electronics
, and advise as to the best path to choose. As in all garmin
, mix and match and just hope all NMEA
3. Heat, hot water
, ac, and refrigeration
. The yacht has had these systems before. It has a wall mount propane
heater, and propane
stove, however it does not have an ABYC approved set up for these systems. As in a propane locker, runs to appliances
without fittings... I would like to change heat over to diesel
radiant that would double as domestic hot water, as well as change stove oven
combo to diesel
. Webasto seems to have a system that can handle this as well as be able to plumb ac in the heating
system. Thoughts and advise on these ideas from people who have done similar conversions. propane seems like it will be more work than this conversion, or maybe I am just making more work for myself.
4. Booms. The masts and rigging
have been replaced with aluminum
and stainless, but the booms are original wood and a little rotted. I can fix, but I know I'll have to replace eventually. Can anyone recommend a place to pick up new aluminum
booms on the cheap
There are more issues but these seem to be the most pressing for us right now. I can do basically all this work, because I am a recent Landing School
graduate and an ABYC certified Master technician in Diesel, Electrical
, and systems, but this is my first boat. I need advise from you old salts out there. Thank you very much and I look forward to your responses.