Well folks, took a good look at the boat
yesterday with the owner. Confirmed it as a 1978 Formosa
Petersen 46. Pulled up all the floorboards, ran the motor
, verified charging
on the alternator
and turned all the winches and sailing gear
Owner is a Mexican national and the boat is currently registered in AZ and legally imported in Mexico
Backstory: she and her husband were GIVEN the boat by some American friends who got too ill to sail it. She's a scuba
instructor and their dream was to build a little business here taking tourists out to dive at Bird Island. Fast forward a couple years, the husband left her and her two kids
(7 and 9!) and took off for Cabo leaving her with a boat, a shattered dream and a big dock
So the down and dirty:
woodwork is in beautiful shape. Looks brand new and has been lovingly maintained by the previous owners. Hand carved art on the doors, deep mahogany throughout, nice overall layout of the interior
owner has done her best to keep up the boat including 4 new house batteries, new battery
switch, and some general maintenance
on the motor
. Motor turned over without an issue and ran smoothly both at idles and powered up. Motor appears to be the original 85HP Ford Diesel
3. Garmin Chartplotter
(2010 model), wind
meter, and depth sounder
appear to be in mediocre shape but are not ripped--definitely UV damaged though but are serviceable. Bow roller furler
5. All deck
winches and hardware
turn easily. Mast
winches function. Standing rigging
was replaced 3 years ago. No signs of chafe, wear, or fraying on any of the wires.
6. Boat has a generator--but it's not connected.
7. Deck needs a total gut. All the teak
decking is rotted away. Verified that it is wood over fiberglass
with screws. there are soft spots everywhere where water's gotten in. Particularly around the deck openings and hatches. Owner agrees. Plan would be to pull all the teak
decking, re-glass the entire deck with epoxy
, then awlgrip (or something similiar)
8. Needs all new running rigging
. Not surprised there.
9. Lots of cosmetic damage on the hull
. It's sad really. Properly sized fenders would have prevented 90 percent of the dings. There is some gelcoat
damage on the bow that aprears to have come from hitting the dock
10. There's six inches of water
in the bilge
. Owner says it's because the stuffing box has a bad leak. I'm not sure she knows what she's talking about. She had some work done during the last haul out
18 months ago and she says they "used the wrong screws" and the boat has developed the leak in the last 6 months. This sounds dubious at best to me. Either way she'll have to be hauled to repair the leak--where ever it's coming from.
Interested in your thoughts. Owner thinks it's work 20K. There's no way I'm paying that. It's a risky boat given the leak and the condition of the topsides. That having been said, everything seems repairable and the hull
is sound. (I tapped out most of the hull).
Pics to follow.