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Old 03-09-2012, 11:54   #1
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Seafarer Tripp 30 In Portland OR

Hey guys, I just bought this boat site unseen for 5k. I know that's not the way your supposed to do it but there you go. I've been planning on buying a boat to live aboard and someday take to the South Pacific for three years now and I felt like I needed to jump in head first. Currently I'm living in MT but as soon as I sell my place I'm putting in my two weeks notice and headed for the coast. In the meantime I'm going to try to fly down there and take a look at it by the end of the month. Does anyone know a surveyor in Portland I could hire at an hourly rate just to walk through the boat with me and figure out what work needs to be done to make it seaworthy enough to sail to Eureka CA. Also what is the time frame on a trip like that and what time of year is best to do it. It's currently in a yard on Hayden Island. I'm know I'll probably have to put at least another 5k in it but that's okay with me. This is my first big boat so I'm sure I'll have lots more questions for you guys as time goes by. Thanks...David H.
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Old 03-09-2012, 12:44   #2
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Re: Seafarer Tripp 30 In Portland OR

I am just starting the process of looking at boating options. I love the ocean and am clueless about the boating world. Where would you recommend that I start?
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Old 03-09-2012, 17:44   #3
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I am just starting the process of looking at boating options. I love the ocean and am clueless about the boating world. Where would you recommend that I start?
This is a good place to start. Just read through old posts for a while and you'll pick up some good info.

Is there no one from Portland on here? Just hoping for a little feedback.
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Old 03-09-2012, 21:00   #4
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Re: Seafarer Tripp 30 In Portland OR

Aloha david,
I looked at that boat on craigslist and was very tempted to call about it. It really looks like a bargain at 5K.
Yes, there are folks from Portland here but you have to really target them.
Start a thread entitled "Anyone in Portland, OR?" and see what you get.
I'll be up that way helping a friend sail to Hawaii around the first part of next month. Let's stay in contact. I'd love to take a look at the boat and give my opinion if you happen to be in the area at the same time.
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Muddy Waters,
Go to the thread "Meets and Greets" and introduce yourself. Read through everything that captures your attention and ask questions if you don't see what you are interested in.
Most the folks here are into sailboats but there are a few powerboaters too.
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Does anyone know a surveyor in Portland I could hire at an hourly rate just to walk through the boat with me and figure out what work needs to be done to make it seaworthy enough to sail to Eureka CA.
Just wondering...If you are going to get a Surveyor to figure out what needs to be worked on, then why didn't you hire one before you bought it "site unseen"?....Just asking.
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I drooled over that boat on Craigslist. A real Classic Beauty. If the chain plates are OK and the hull to deck joint is good it looks like a very good sea boat. You will probably sink well over 5K into it, but have a great boat when you take off. Congrats!!!!____Grant.
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Old 04-09-2012, 14:42   #9
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SkiprJohn...Hopefully I will be in Portland by then. I'll PM you when I know for sure. Could always use another opinion on it.

CelestialSailor...I didn't do a survey on it because I was impatient and wanted it right then. Like I said I know that's not how you're supposed to do it. Now I just want to get a list of important issues written down so I can start work on it.

I might have to try another post with Portland OR listed first.
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Old 04-09-2012, 14:50   #10
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Thanks Grant...I hope it turns out okay. The hull-to-deck joint is completely glassed with no screws so that's either really good or really bad...guess I'll find out.

Ironhorse74...the boat is in Tomahawk boat yard. Do you know anything about the workers there? And if you know a good surveyor I'd appreciate any recommendations you might have to offer.
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Old 04-09-2012, 15:04   #11
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This guy is good and well respected.
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He suveyed my boat last year.
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Re: Seafarer Tripp 30 In Portland OR

If that boat is as clean as the photos, they should lock you up for stealing it. Bill Tripp Sr. sure designed some of the best looking boats ever. I'm sure you'll more than exceed the purchase price with the updating and add ons that it will require but that's life with any hoat. Suggest you change out the chain plates as crevice corrosion where they pass through the deck could cost you the rig. Other than that just use it and add things as they become necessary or nice to have.

I've bought a boat sight unseen. Wasn't disappointed and even managed to break even when my wife threatened her or the boat. Must admit she had a point with it being a 2nd boat and 2,000 miles away. Damn, Have to stay off of Craig's List.
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I am in Portland. If you are in town, I would love to see the boat.
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KnuckleDragger...I sent him an e-mail thanks for the tip.

pdxsailordiver...I'm not in Portland yet but will be hopefully by the end of the month.
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Re: Seafarer Tripp 30 In Portland OR

The Seafarer 30 is a good boat. Judging from the pictures she has been well maintained. Hopefully, the engine is in good condition or you may sink many more thousands into her. I'm not too keen on the tiller steering but that is something you can change.

Seafarer went out of business in the 1980s but there is a very active Seafarer owners group on Facebook called "Seafarer Yacht Group." We have 157 member/owner so it's a great place to bounce problems and ideas off fellow owners.

We have another Seafarer owner (S38C) from the NW who is full time cruising with his wife. So the boats are certainly seaworthy. I look forward to hearing about your adventures here and maybe on the Seafarer Yacht Group.
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