Hello Cruisers Forum members!
I am new to the forum with a plead for a sanity check.
I have been sailing all of my adult life on inland and Great Lakes
with minimal (but some) ocean experience. All of my boats have been deck
and shallow bilge
I ran across a deal on a 95 Island Packet
38 that I think would be a great boat to gain more experience on the east coast
and eventually cruising. The owner, who I know professionally, can trade
the boat in on a new boat and already has an agreed upon trade
in, but can also sell the boat himself as long as the boat or the trade in amount is delivered by May 1.
He is willing to sell the boat to me at a 25% discount to the average listing price
and will make a little more than the trade in value, which gets my attention.
I inspected the boat last week, which is on the hard
, and it was in pretty good shape with one exception: There has been a lot of rain and I noticed about a quart of water
that settled in the corner of the floor where the chart table is, and also in the galley
. The location is consistent with the way the boat is shored up, listing a little to starboard with the bow slightly higher than stern.
I could not figure out where the water
was coming from. There was no evidence of water running from the top of the cabin
and no visible leaking. The only thing I can figure is that it may have run down the mast
and collecting in the spots noted.
I plan to have the boat surveyed, but based on the timing of the owner's decision to trade or sell, I may need to make a decision without having an in the water survey
I realize it is difficult to obtain advice with only this much information, but my questions are:
1. Does it make sense that the water could have come from the mast?
2. Are there any other areas that IPs typically leak?
3. Does water usually run down the inside of the mast to the bilge
4. Is it problematic having water build up in a deep bilge like the IPs during the winter and can freezing of that water damage the boat?
5. And finally! Am I crazy for thinking about buying
this without the portion of the survey
that is in the water?
Thanks for the sanity check!