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Old 08-10-2009, 16:56   #1
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When a Mono (IP 38) Lists, Walk Away?

We came across a 1990 Island Packet 38 in our ongoing boat search. Very nice boat but she had a slight list to starboard sitting in the slip. Just a degree or so but enought to notice.
Why would a boat like that list? One full water tank and one not full?
Should we just walk away?
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Old 08-10-2009, 17:14   #2
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Could be anything from that to current through the marina or a breeze. Have a look for the cause yourself. Don't take a BS answer from the seller. It's probably not anything critical but with out looking it could be. My own boat has a slight port list but I know why...........m
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Old 08-10-2009, 17:31   #3
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Could be batteries (too many or too few), gerry cans, kedge anchor in a light boat, water tank 1 empty, 1 full.
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Old 08-10-2009, 17:50   #4
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Most production boats list. That's straight out of the factory. I've had three and they all had lists but there's more. Having in the last few years bought a Beneteau I've seen most of the lists. 393-port, 423-starboard,473-trims way down by the stern, in fact they have to bottom paint a foot of the transom. My CS36 has a port list. So don't worry about it.
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Old 08-10-2009, 18:22   #5
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When I owned a Beneteau first 32s5 I used the mast as a water level gauge. When I saw a noticeable list to port it was time to fill the water tank.
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Old 08-10-2009, 18:32   #6
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I wouldn't go so far as to not worry about it - I think it's a decent idea to try to track it down, but if it turns out to be nothing....then it's probably nothing.

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Our motoryacht has a slight list on the Port side, and its because of the weight of the generator
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Some listing is normal, but as noted above, don't blow it off. Find the source. Can be as simple as water or fuel tanks (our boat holds 2500 lbs of water and fuel) or a generator installed on that side.

Even a 10 kt breeze will list many/most boats.
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Old 08-10-2009, 19:40   #9
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Galley on one side is heavier than head on the other. Plus tankage may not be centerline. Not unusual. All a matter of degrees.
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Looks like a good opportunity to add batteries to the port side.
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Our boat has a list to port and it annoys the hell out of me ! so we load all the heavey stuff on the {sewing machine,spare anchor,wifes collection of shoes,etc} starboard side and always use the port water tanks first.With a production boat such as an IP it should be a fairly obvious reason .
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I wouldn't say not to worry, but I would like to know why.

FWIW my boat has water & fuel tanks port & starboard - she will list a bit depending on what has been used. But when all are full she will balance solely on her main keel when dried out (she also has wing / bilge keels for the times she doesn't balance ).
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I wouldn't say not to worry, but I would like to know why...
Rule 1 of boat evaluation/survey:
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Thanks for all the thoughts. We contacted the listing broker but have not heard back yet. Maybe they are trying to figure it out.
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Thanks for all the thoughts. We contacted the listing broker but have not heard back yet. Maybe they are trying to figure it out.
Well, at least they're trying to figure out what answer to give you that you might accept.

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