Good day all,
I posted another thread about this boat awhile back.
Answers to a few of my questions from owner:
I bought the boat in Puerto Rico in 1999-I have lived aboard twice for about a year. very comfortable
-the sails are in good shape
-standing rigging is in good shape
-Yanmar 50 hp engine has around 800 hours and runs perfect
-Has swim ladder
-Huge comfortable cockpit
-Cockpit cushions in great shape
-New cabin sole in 2011
-90 gallons fresh water(2 bladders) with foot pump.(has accumulator tank but no dc pump)
-Windsurfing equipment included
-Salon cushions need recovered. V-berth cushions good. Aft cabin cushions good.
-bimini and sail cover could last another year but worn
-Interior needs varnish
-Located in the boatyard in Virgin Gorda
-Overall cosmetic condition is fair
-2 batteries 2 years old
-upwind sailing ability is decent but not as good as the First Series
-draft is 5.5' not the 4.5'
Some background info about intended use:
I live on St. Croix and actively searching for a boat for me, my wife, and 3 year old son to do some local island hopping from St. Croix to neighboring islands. In about 5 years I hope to have enough money
saved up to do some long distance voyaging. In the meantime, we would like a boat that we can go island hopping with and hone our skills. Something pretty simple but fairly quick. Eventually we may even move out from our little cottage we rent and move onto the boat in an effort to save more money
. I think when it comes time to do long distance voyaging we would consider selling this one in order to get something setup for that.
So it seems like this boat could fit the bill for the type of boat we want and it won't break the bank. It sounds like the important things are in good shape like the engine
, and rigging
. No electronics
is pretty appealing to me- less to break. Eventually I would add solar panels
, some 6V Trojan batteries, and minimal electronics
in order to make weekend trips more comfortable.
I am hoping for some input on this particular model of boat, what people think of the information posted above from the owner, and things I should be looking at when I go take a look. I have never bought a boat this big or expensive before so the process is new to me. I will definitely take the advice of having it surveyed before committing. What is a ballpark price
for a survey
For the record
, my wife and I have grown up sailing dinghy's, and I owned a Columbia
21 in my college days. We both have done some crewing
boats as well. With that said, we both still have a lot to learn and by no means consider ourselves expert sailors. But we do know the ocean very well and quite experienced at studying weather
maps and data since we are avid surfers, kiteboarders, and freedivers. We also both have our 6-pack and have pretty extensive experience working on powerboats (her dad owns the Ritz Carlton dive shop on STT and Caneel bay on STJ).
Sorry for the long winded post, and many thanks to any input, advice, suggestions you have.