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Old 09-09-2009, 07:59   #1
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Question About Choosing a Vessel

When I was 19 I bought a 1990 hunter 23 learned to sail it and three years later I sold it. I want to now get back into sailing with my wife and 2 boys. What do you think of a 72 Grampian 26? the fiberglass is in great shape I cannot find any rot or soft spots. the interior has been somewhat gutted which i probobly would have done anyway as my wife has a mild alergy to mold. its missing the pulpit stantions and railings??? I am trying to contact the owner to see if he has these. The boat is going for $1000. I know we will invest quite a bit into her i just want to know if its worth it I want to get into it cheap and slowly build it up. Is this a good plan?
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Sound like a good plan, just make sure the fix-up costs do not exceed the value, new sails will cost more than the boat, there is always a reason a cheap boat is cheap.

Have fun with your boys.

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do you want to sail with your kids and wife while you can or do you want them to watch TV while you work on your boat?
hmmm, let's see.
gotta ask that question and step back for the big picture look at the situation. Maybe you need a vessel in a little better condition, sailing ready wise.
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I agree with cdennyb- do you like sailing or projects? (some, like me like both). If you just want to go out on the water soonest, keep looking.
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It is sail worthy and comes with three new sails, Main and two genoas. The only reason it was gutted was because it was dirty and they were just going to cheap out and make it a day sailer. I know the owner personally although I have never been on the boat. Its just the matter of not being able to spend the night for a while. I guess i could have been more descriptive, sorry. The hull has been redone and it has new windows.
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I agree with cdennyb- do you like sailing or projects? (some, like me like both). If you just want to go out on the water soonest, keep looking.
I do like projects as well. Last winter I completely rebuilt a 79' Yamaha 1100 motorcycle somone left in the bushes of a home I purchased. I have never really felt like I have owned something until I put a bit of myself in in it, which is usually blood from a hasty mistake. As far as Grampian goes I have found a lot of good info I just wanted opinions from people versus websites as to the seaworthieness (if thats a word) of the boat. I have been to Granpionowners.com and of course everyone their loves them but their owners. What do you guys think?
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Project boats almost always take more time and cost more money than anticipated. You also have to ask yourself if you would rather spend that time working on the boat or spend that same time out on the water. How much is your leisure time worth to you? Project boats are also hard on a lot of marriages.
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It is sail worthy and comes with three new sails, Main and two genoas.
No, no. Those guys mean 'sail worthy' as in 'will chics dig it?'

If she has an alergy to mold I bet she has a bigger alergy to a boat without an interior.

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She better like it or she will end up as the anchor.
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She better like it or she will end up as the anchor.
I see shoals on the horizon.
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