I've been a lurker on this forum for close a long time and thought I'd share my experience with any who are interested. A hearty thanks to all who contribute to making this forum enlightening, entertaining, and thought provoking!
About a year ago I purchased my first sailboat. Call me crazy, but my choice was a 76yr old woody with a laundry
list of deferred maintenance
projects. None of the projects have been too extensive, except for a complete rewire of the electrics and the haul out
, which turned out to be more $ than expected. The initial cost was low and I expected to encounter significant additional cost in restoration
and outfitting for a 3-4 month cruise
where I am from. With a total of around $50k spent, the boat is nearly ready to cruise
. I plan to finish the restoration
up, leaning on the knowledge of experienced shipwrights and seamen in my hometown and through forums
like this one. I feel that this old schooner I've found will be a welcome addition to the fleet of wooden schooners in the Gulf of Mexico
, which has been decimated by hurricanes over the years.
The positives are: triple planked mahogany planking over sawed oak frames make the hull
amazingly strong, a coating of pitch
between the layers of planking have helped preserved the condition of the planks/fasteners and prevented nearly all rot
, excellent high quality mahogany joinery throughout the interior
, the engine
is a 1953 Detroit 2-v71 which is very easy to work on and runs great excepting it's very loud, newish standing rigging
, and good solid masts.
The negatives have proved either insignificant, like needing hoses replaced, rig tuned, updated safety
signals, and other basic needs; or not critical to functionality such as topside paint
chipping and deck
Much of the necessary cruising equipment
was already aboard and I've collected the rest of the required spares and gear
over the course of the past year. I have gained an enormous amount of knowledge and have a new found respect for those who successfully navigate long distances. I still feel like I have an enormous amount to learn.
I'll be posting
a link to my website and sat tracker page here as soon as the site is finished. Feel free to post any advice or comments that come to mind.