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Old 04-04-2011, 11:59   #16
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I hope you like wood finishing. Enjoy
Woodworking has been my way to relax for many years. I have every woodworking tool in the world......really, all of them. I think it would be a joy to do some rubbing on that boat. Think of it as foreplay. If I were to caress her well enough then the final act of sailing would be more gratifying. Is this getting "X" rated yet?
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:02   #17
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you've got good taste...

Good sense???? haha You might consider a Cape Dory, an Alberg design..
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That is a yawl, not a ketch..
First thing I saw, beautiful boat! Will probably have lots of maintenance upkeep, but they all do unless new, then it's just a matter of time. And the best way to maintain her is live her! Good Luck and a good find.
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Re: Some boats just do it.

Great looking boat, but all that teak on the deck scares the bejesus out of me, and I love wood.

Depending on the condition of the deck, it may be your major expense.
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Old 04-04-2011, 13:28   #20
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Pass. save the teak trees. Wooden deck$$$. Wooden anything$$$. Wooden work...wooden weight...its also whats underneath them. The happiest Choy Lee owners I ever met are on those days they finally sell them.
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Here's the link to the listing. Does anything look wrong or worrisome? Oh, did I mention that I really like it
Looks nice in the photos. My main concern would be the deck (in addition to everything else ), my guess is that although hull fibreglass that decks are wood. and that probably means wooden deck frames, topped with Plywood and with teak ontop. You probably know more about plywood than me - but I will mention anyway - nothing wrong with the stuff, just doesn't last so well once it gets wet and damp. Before visiting I would hit Mr Google with a venegence and see how she was constructed so you know where to look closely. I wouldn't buy her with a view to "popping the deck off" and "doing a proper job".......well, not from day 1. And I would bet on at least some of the PO's having adopted "innovative" techniques to making partial deck repairs. I would figure on maintaining that fine tradition

My guess is that she has / had a few deck leaks - not all of which will be into the cabin. the good news is that you can probably smell the ones that are / have been. It's either an old boat smell you love. or not.
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Thanks for the info David, I'm trying to Google it now but not having much luck. I guess if it is plywood with teak over it a little rot could be a possibility. I would think that when I go to see it I could just let 230 pounds of screaming hillbilly jumping up and down be my moisture meter. If I wind up in the head or the V-berth it may be a little weak. I would reckon that some visible damage or delamination to the overhead would be obvious also. Are wooden masts as strong as aluminum or are they both strong enough?

Although when I do any woodworking I tend to be a perfectionist I can still find my way around some "Innovative" techniques as well. On land we call that a "Jack-leg". I would assume the same term and others apply to boats also.

Thanks for the continuing information.

Might be time to take the old Vette on a road trip to Florida.
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Are wooden masts as strong as aluminum or are they both strong enough?
My understanding is that (overall) wood as good as alumimium - just that aluminium less weight aloft. and requires less maintanence. and the trees are taller Never had a wooden mast though, but seem to recall that problems occur from poor maintanence / from water ingress where things join on (like spreaders).

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No problem. I just wouldn't like you to confuse idle speculation with me knowing what I am talking about But the good news with a boat that age is that the answer as to what needs looking at closely is very easy. everything
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I would never make such an assumption. I saw your post earlier and never trust a man who can't tell a slupe from a catch or a y'all. I'm from Kentucky so the spelling looks right to me.
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Re: Some Boats Just Do It.

I think you are right--she is a lovely boat. I think you have the knowledge and the tools to work on her and enjoy the work. I think you should go have a look-see. Walk in with hopes high, flowers in one hand, a pre-nup in the other.
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Thanks for the info David, I'm trying to Google it now but not having much luck. I guess if it is plywood with teak over it a little rot could be a possibility. I would think that when I go to see it I could just let 230 pounds of screaming hillbilly jumping up and down be my moisture meter. If I wind up in the head or the V-berth it may be a little weak. I would reckon that some visible damage or delamination to the overhead would be obvious also. Are wooden masts as strong as aluminum or are they both strong enough?

Although when I do any woodworking I tend to be a perfectionist I can still find my way around some "Innovative" techniques as well. On land we call that a "Jack-leg". I would assume the same term and others apply to boats also.

Thanks for the continuing information.

Might be time to take the old Vette on a road trip to Florida.
I ain't much on wooden spars, but they have worked for thousands of years, so who am I to disagree. From what I understand they are just as strong as the new fangled metal alleyumanium...

Beautiful boat to be sure, but I can't imagine what lake in those mountains you can put her on. (Kidding)

At least you won't be bored for the next 100 years keeping up with all that wood.
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We'll wave to you as we head out for a sail while you put one more coat of varnish on........But she does have great lines.
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My advice is just don't write a check until she is surveyed inside and out and I don't mean by you. After the report comes back and you are still in love go for it!
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Re: Some Boats Just Do It.

Cheoy Lee is a nice boat. Take a deep breath and take your time. Take a looonnnnggg objective look at it and you are gonna have it surveyed if it gets really serious right?? FWIW
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