Originally Posted by Benfavorite
Thanks for the input Reefmagnet...hate to know how you got that handle!.....its things like you mentioned that concern me. Plywood rot in bilge stringers sounds like a nightmare! I'm in Okinawa Japan
(so is the boat) so trying to repair something like that sounds like an insurmountable task! Of course, the issue of quality surveyors is an unknown as well. Pretty early in this process so I'll be patient, I would just love to get out on the water! It would be beautiful sailing around the Ryukyu Islands. But this is exactly the input I knew I would get from Cruisers Forum....what to look out for.....what is acceptable and not.
Ahhh, don't let that put you off. Have you checked it out? All old boats will have their problems and these boats don't have much coring relatively speaking. If it's anything like ours, evidence of water
leaks will be very obvious. Check the usual suspects - jib
car, deck hardware
, chainplates, mast
base and cable entries. Also opening hull
windows - if the boat has them - seem like a stupid idea and probably are but they keep the boat amazingly ventilated in warmer climes. Past leakage from these will be readily apparent.
A friend of mine is dead keen on a 38 after seeing our 33 (needs the additional head
room) but the darn things in general are as rare as hen's teeth which means that sometimes you have to take what you can get if the price
/ work required numbers can be made to add up if this is the boat for you.
In case your not familiar with the site, sailboatdata.com has some specs on the NI38
NANTUCKET ISLAND 38 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com