Mine was donated by the prior owner and sold at an auto auction
for $200; to a junkyard planning to scrap it for the lead in the keel
. I was unable to buy at that auction
but did inspect it and knew it to be sound. I convinced the owner of the junkyard to sell it to me for $1,000 for a quick profit before he even moved it.
It has a 15 HP Mariner 2-stroke outboard
in a purpose-built well... Ole Smokey is not very pleasant but we use it only to get in/out of the mooring
field; we daysail so have never had to rely on it for protracted travel (but my local shop said they'd take it as a trade
in a heartbeat, so maybe it is not so bad).
I spent the better part of 3 years refitting before sailing it.
- chiseled out a gooey, oozey plastic headliner
and painted the interior
- lemon-oiled all interior
wood (maybe 8 times)
- all new wiring
, simple instruments, refurbed all lighting
- all new plumbing
- soda-blasted bottom; faired and 6 coats epoxy
- remove / rebed all deck hardware
- New handrails, hatch
all other exterior wood (Cetol)
- Replace plexiglass in four large window frames and rebed
- Replaced all standing rigging
(DIY w/ Norseman hardware
- New mainsail
and 110% working jib
Not including my labor (~ 500 hours in my journal) I have just under $10K invested, which is probably about what it is worth (if that). I had great fun working on it and had never done it before... if I were to tackle the same job again, I could do it in half the time.
I am no expert, but I'm told by sailor-guests it sails
very well for its size... that is the trade-off a narrow beam offers... good performance but limited room below.
My wife is lobbying for roller furling
, but I am resisting. The boat came with 3 serviceable headsails (160, 130, 80) and my new 110 allows us handle any conditions (without drama if we change early).
The boat provides us a lot of enjoyment.