Whoever buys that boat, click here for the Craigs listing link
, is actually getting $12,000 worth of gear
with a free boat thrown in. Get real. She's a beautiful yacht and will do anyone proud. But she's getting on and even the advert states she needs some TLC. To keep her in good condition she's always going to need a fair effort of maintenance
given her age. Virtually everything about that boat (and on the boat) is 40 probably 50 years old (ask the guy when she was built as he says he has the original order form). Someone mentioned prior to 73 was better, and I agree with that. They certainly used much more fibre glass as they weren't really confident about the 'new' material they were using and so tended to heavily over build.
She's a boat that needs an owner who enjoys tinkering with boats and is handy with tools. If not she will consume huge amounts of money
But it concerns me that you asked:
Originally Posted by LLCoolDave
is about 2 1/2 years old. Can I get one more year out of it?
The answer to the question is NO you wont. In fact it is well overdue and and likely also desperately needs anodes replaced. Replacing anti foul is a simple job and something the new owner would need to look forward to and enjoy. So why would you think you might put it off for a year? Also it's a cheap
job as far as yachts are concerned. She'll need about 8 litres (I think that's 2 gallons in your strange language?), plus travel lift
blast, anodes of course and on the hard
for at most 9 days over two weekends. I personally would hope and plan to get the entire job done in a single
weekend (weather depending) and all up cost under $1,000. So that question on its own suggests to me that she may not be the boat for you? Just saying.
You also asked about replacing the timber masts. And you've had some reassurance about their strength and longevity. So logically the next question is, if timber masts are so good why for the last 40-50 years have most boats been built with aluminium masts? I would suggest many would respond it's because aluminium requires so much less maintenance
than timber. And that's the thing about the boat you have your eye on, she'll need lots of maintenance. I'd guess those masts will need new paint
every 4-5 years to keep looking nice. Not an especially difficult job, but tedious and time consuming; you know sand, paint, let dry and repeat 5-6 times.
I'd encourage you to seek the services of a surveyor
. Prior to buying
boat I organised a surveyor
and a lift
at the marina where she was moored (yes of course owner's permission). As soon as she was lifted I gave her a water
blast. The surveyor arrived with his hammer. Cost was $120 for the lift and water blaster. Surveyor charged me an hourly rate (including travel time) and all up it 4 was hours at $60 ph (including a very professional report he emailed to me within a few days). I must add he was marvelous and very positive. He explained everything he was doing/looking for as he went about his business. His report had no surprises and basically provided a maintenance schedule for the next 5 years, plus made getting insurance
simple. The entire survey
took place as she hung in the travel lift.
I should add I'd already taken her for an afternoon sail the week before and the survey
was my final step before negotiating the actual sale
. I was serious about the boat by then and so paying for the lift and water blasting was in my long term interest. Luckily (for me) the deceased owner must have anti fouled within weeks of his death. (As an aside he actually had a heart attack changing the fore sail (hanks not furler). There was just himself and his crew. His crewman just tied him on to the forestay. His wife told me he loved the boat and so he died doing what he loved. I sometimes wonder will I do the same? Anyway back on topic!
As well as the peace of mind what he also did for me was confirm I'd found a very good value yacht. In fact she was (in my mind) a real bargain due probably to the deceased owner's wife not really knowing anything about boats, how to sell etc. But also after a year just left sitting at her mooring
she looked very unloved. So I obviously was very keen to keep the details about the boat secret until I'd bought her in case some other bugger beat me to her.
Anyways I've a busy day ahead so can't hang around the forum all day. I've heard about this awesome white ketch for sale
and I trying to get hold of the owner...