Originally Posted by Scout 30
Said the guy with the 50 footer. Have to admit though, that Brewer cutter
is pretty sweet.
Savoir is right though, Scout.
Right now, my boat budget is almost non-existent. For my budget to be really useful, will take about another 3 years.
Going with it now means old and cheap
, and maintenance
and upgrades being a continuous process as the funds come in.
Luckily, I have every confidence in old fibreglass, having had a lot of surprising (to me) hands on experiences with it. Years ago I had read of fibreglass boats running into coral reefs
at cruising speed during the night, to be pulled off in daylight, with no damage (yeah right, thought me, pull the other one . . . ).
Well I had a similar, if not worse experience, with a mid 1960's boat, going up an estuary at 6+ knots through the water, with a flood tide under us, when the guy on the tiller turned onto the rocks because a marker buoy had sunk (the last one, marking the sharp turn to starboard, so he turned at the one prior that was a starboard channel marker). The standing ringing sang at an increasing pitch
with the impact, the mast
sprung forward. and instead of hitting full astern, the guy on the tiller kept going onto more rocks, until we regained the channel.
Believe me, my head was in the hatch
looking for water flooding in.
Well we waited for the tide to go out to inspect the damage, and there was a flake of gel coat off the keel
as big as my thumb nail (which I repaired at the same time).
The same boat had its mooring
fail (a huge mooring
buried in the estuary bottom, and the force was so high, the whole mooring lifted out) in a massive blow one night, and the boat slammed into the concrete approach to the road bridge over the estuary at high speed, and at low water the following morning, it was sat on the concrete at such a crazy angle, I was wondering if the poor thing would sink as we tried to tow it off at high tide. A thorough inspection
revealed a small scratch in the gel coat at the bow, just under the pulpit (more gel coat repair paste sorted that rapidly).
With my dinghy
pulling, and a friends dinghy
pulling, the two of us managed to pull it off the ramp
So yeah, I'm not too worried about buying
something old and cheap
, and I may not even bother getting anything different in a few years time.
One thing I will not do though, is have any boat with balsa or foam coring in the hull
. . . No way Jose.
I'm not that keen on having anything with bolt on keels either. I'd be ok with sensible interior
mouldings, but I'd have to have a very close look at a specific boat first, before deciding.
I freely admit I am biased that way, but that's how it is staying.
PS. The catalogue of essential repairs
that Donna Lang had to do to her 28′ Southern Cross, to make it fit for sea, should be a sobering education for anybody.