New to forum...but not to sailing!....getting back into sailing due to a long hiatus with kids
...family...work, you know all those things that happen after you become responsible.
Anyway....fell in "like" with a 40 Hans Christina Christina....I have had Hunters all my life and I think its' time for a change. I think I want something that sails
like a Buick...rather than a Chevy. Not that Chevys are bad....just that Buick's...you know, when you get my age...almost ready to retire....well they are more comfortable.
Here's the problem and here is where I need the help.
1) Theres not a lot of HC Christinas around....I'm not sure why....looked like a great layout for a 1986 sailboat...not a double ender...but built like a traditional HC....I don't have a knowledge base.
2)The boat has been on the hard
for 7 years in a hot climate. Don't get me wrong...it doesn't look bad at all...as a matter of fact it looks great...but...not being in the water
for 6 years at least....scary
3)Where do I start figuring out how much it's going to cost to get it seaworthy
. I appears as if it can go right in and be seaworthy
...but sailing all my life tells me that's probably not the case.
4)HELP...where do I start....
Engine---4500 hours....Yanmar...looks great but who knows after all these years
Sails----Assuming I need new ones how much
Standing Rigging- What's the best way to determine what's good and what's not...I'm too old and fat to get take a ride in a bosuns chair
Halyards etc---replace them all?
...I understand HC's were and may be an electrical
Through Hulls...probably really important? Huh
Don't get me wrong....I don't think the boat is a basket case. by any stretch of the imagination....just don't know whether it will be a bottomless pit either....I have funds to fix it up....but my wife and house will take priority.
Yeah...I know some of you will tell me to get a surveyor
....and I will, but not all surveyors are alike...this is an older boat, with older stuff, and it requires (I think) a surveyor
guy, a rigger, a diesel mechanic
, to get a good total picture of the boat.
I don't mind spending the money
if I'm going to buy the boat....but, I do mind if I am going to invest the money
to investigate the boat, do a sea trial, find out all kind's of things wrong and not have the seller fix them for the boat to be seaworthy. I'm not talking the teak
or the brightwork...I'm talking the important stuff....engine, rigging
, electrical, electronics
So...any advice would be appreciated. after all, it's seems like it will only be a matter of money....but I got a good feeling about this one...this boat seems to have a good soul....so...help would be appreciated.