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Old 08-09-2019, 22:10   #136
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Scarlet it was so bad for us initially that we wrote a book about our experiences, How NOT to Buy a Cruising Boat. It took us six years to get everything fixed to where it was just routine maintenance. We both came out of a background of aviation where mechanical work is regulated heavily for quality and professionalism. The lack of quality construction and upkeep in the marine industry was shocking to us. All I can say is stay the course. It does get better and you're right, I wouldn't trade the last six years of cruising for anything.
We've read your book. You were at our previous marina at Carlyle.... Right?
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Old 09-09-2019, 22:57   #137
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I bought a boat that had sat for 15 years in a field. It took me 2 and a half years to get it cruise worthy. I did not replace the oil cooler...it failed in the middle of the Panama Canal. The backstay chainplate failed 200 miles north of Cartagena, Columbia. Be thankful these things are getting wrung out dockside.
I bought a boat that took 2 months to prep and I've never had anything break on long passages. There's a message in there somewhere.
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Old 10-09-2019, 04:58   #138
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I bought a boat that took 2 months to prep and I've never had anything break on long passages. There's a message in there somewhere.
I agree, I only buy something in great condition and then add stuff I want. I also replace stuff before I need to. Some replace after stuff breaks, some before, I dont like the stress of after.
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I bought a boat that took 2 months to prep and I've never had anything break on long passages. There's a message in there somewhere.
That you paid a hell of a lot more money?
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