1. See how the engine
starts, preferably when cold.
2. After it is warmed up and you leave the marina, run it around at FULL throttle for at least 15 minutes, and watch the temperature guage for overheating
3. Bring a handheld GPS
with you, and check your speeds. Boat should do at least 7.5 knots at full throttle.
4. Try backing up, and listen for transmission
hesitation into reverse or forward gears.
5. Look at condition of running rigging
, try each winch
6. Hoist sails
and look at condition--patches, stitching rotting out, chafe, etc. Make sure that roller furling
systems run easily.
7. Look at sail shape-maximum draft
should be about 30% back from front, leech should not cup to weather
8. Sail to weather, and tack a few times. A good weatherly boat will be able to tack in 90 degrees or better in 10-25 knots--if it won't do better than 110 degrees, you are going to do a lot of motoring.
9. Boat speed to weather should be 5.5 knots or better in 10-25 knots of wind
10. Heel should not be excessive (over 20 degrees)--you should not have to reef until wind
gets above 15 knots.
11. Helm should not be heavy. Try autopilot
, especially on heavy air reach.
If you are having fun, and love the boat, get out your checkbook...