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Old 11-11-2013, 13:08   #16
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Re: Which way would you go?

If all you are going to have for your initial period is 2 weeks per year, it would be more cost effcient to just charter a vessel as said before. Save your money for when you intend to full time cruise by then you will know exactly what kind of vessel you want or even better don't want. A wood hull does not lend itself well to long periods of sitting and only two weeks of running.

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Old 12-11-2013, 01:49   #17
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Re: Which way would you go?

Lets assume I am heading towards purchasing her, I have the time, given I have retired, against my will, at a very young age.

My OP contained an error, she is listed as being of carvel construction using Mahogany, splined and Epoxy sheathed below the waterline. The epoxy work was done in 1973 and as best the surveyor and I can see there is no rot and the hull is in "excellent condition".

Several of the replies have referred to concerns regarding this construction. (perhaps because of my error in the OP)

Should I still be worried??? Ignoring the issues of wooden boats generally that we have well covered.

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Old 12-11-2013, 02:08   #18
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Re: Which way would you go?

I don't think anyone can answer this question for you. Which boat speaks to you?

A fiberglass-skinned timber boat (as I understood what it is) is not all that horrible to keep up if it is in good condition to begin with. If it is spartan and you're ok with that, then that is that much less in the way of system to repair and maintain. If it is gorgeous and turns you on, and you are ok with the various drawbacks, then why not?

Nothing wrong with Bav/Gen/Ben at all, but 5 - 8 years old is just about the wrong age for one of these, in my opinion, especially if they have been in charter. This is just the point where systems start to reach the end of their lives and you need a refit which will cost more than will be reflected in the subsequent value.

I would stretch for a newish one, myself, if I were you. Either that, or go on back to one from the 90's (the Jeanneaus were stick-built until early 2000's -- a huge advantage) which has just been refit by a loving owner.

I bought an 8 year old large cruising boat which had been lightly used and was in lovely condition, thinking it was a good bargain. Well, so many systems are time-limited instead of hours or use-limited -- I have been replacing, replacing, replacing, and replacing them. The boat was not all that much cheaper than a new one would have been, to justify it all. If I had to do it over again, I think I would buy a new one. Then the only bodges on board will be my own

As someone said above, a modern fiberglass production boat will sail very well and give you a lot of pleasure. Also a perfectly valid choice.

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