Originally Posted by Steady Hand
Congratulations on getting a nice boat, and fair winds to all your voyages!
Thank you Steady Hand !
Originally Posted by CS Cruiser
Great looking Bene! Congrats.
Thats what we though as well , her looks really pulled us is
Originally Posted by DDabs
just keep that transom wiped down by the waterline!
Will do , I have heard that once loaded she sits quite low and transom sits at or just below the waterline
Originally Posted by tikirawker
She is gorgeous!!!
matches my better half perfectly :-)
Originally Posted by bjymd
Congrats on the new boat. Make sure the surveyor looks at the upper rigging which may need to be replaced. At 12 years the suages may have cracks. Also assess the thru hulls and stopcocks which may need to be updated. Best of luck. Fair winds and following seas.
Good point re upper rigging , Surveyor is on that today but all seacocks were checked and serviced 2015
Originally Posted by Prairie Chicken
So? How did the survey go, and is she yours? She looks lovely from the video. What year, and where will you take possession?
day 1 went perfect , today day 2 of the (very thorough) survey . She is a 2004 model and currently in Portugal
, just returned 6 weeks ago from a Europe-Carib-Azores-Portugal trip
We'll probably be moving her a bit east into the Med and into south Spain
, havent quite made up our mind yet
Originally Posted by David B
Enjoy sharing your excitement. She looks beautifully cared for. Good, solid yacht you have chosen. Just a few things:
* the teak
decks look immaculate - keep them that way, but don't scrub them away. Suggest you look at Semco. Ours are over five years old and people keep asking if our boat is new.
* depending on how many layers of antifouling you find on the hull, you may be considering stripping and starting again. Good time to think about Coppercoat - again, we have never looked back (and most likely will never need to re-do our hull again).
* we have found Lion Protect Gelcoat Sealer to be very good at preserving/restoring the gelcoat.
* when you get a chance, suggest you remove the inspection
hatches on your water
and diesel tanks
. Have a look in there and then you will know if you need to clean out any sediment or bacterial growths.
* batteries - we use a portable 50A 5-stage charger
to equalise the batteries at the end and beginning of the season. They are not cheap
to replace so we figure the extra care is worth it. If you do need to replace, look at the cost of common FLA vs AGM
. Assuming you are not intending to deep cycle your batteries, then in my book, the FLA win.
Hope the survey goes well, and you have many wonderful adventures on your new yacht.
David , the teak deck
, and indeed the whole top side , looks immaculate . When we visited to view the owner insisted that we take our sailing shoes off ‘No shoes on my yacht .. ever’ that gives a good indication how he looked after her
Anti foul was all removed about 2 / 3 years ago , now just 2 layers and extra 5 layers of gelcoat protection . I don’t know how easy it is to find copper coat but will look into it
Typically I rely on Grotomar against diesel bug , but I will inspect all tanks next time I am on her
The batteries were replaced late last year , all new 5x AGM 100Ah batteries for the house bank, new starter battery
and new bow thruster battery
. The current
owner has a strict regime to top up the batteries daily with the generator
, I think we will follow his regime
yesterday’s survey results :
the surveyor has been on her from 0900 until 1900 the hole day, inspecting :
Beginning with Hull / Underwatership
Everything inside the ship and inside the lockers.
, Navi equipment
, Hatches, Stayplates, Hull and structure also from inside, Safety equipment
, Keelbolts, Seacocks, Steering
, Quadrant, Winches, Cockpit/Navigation, Autopilot
, Mastsliders, Boom and much more.
There were no failures at Blue Pearl. also remarked the good and well maintained condition of the boat.
Tomorrow the surveyor will return and inspect a second time and more intense the deck
, but he mentioned also the very good condition of the deck
without any dents and said that there are not many boats in this good condition even when the skippers have been carefully.