Originally Posted by tmoney
I understand that a few members here have said that its going to take time work and money what boat doesnt? What I am asking is more for specifics. Not a whole lot of specific things have been mentioned about that boat. Bottom paint
? Rudders? The broker mentioned the rigging and sails are in great condition. Interior needs work but that can be done over time. Engine is basically new so not a real expense with that for a while. What makes this boat need a ton of money and work to get livable and cruisable? Specifics please.
To be Polite, I'll reply one last time.
1) Age - Over 20 yrs old - not good for a boat in marine environment
or sitting unattended in a yard - old gear
2) Unknown History
? treatment? Sailing conditions? Left in disrepair
3) Unseen - Pictures are only the tip of the iceberg - to be determined
- Why not find a reputable Surveyor
and invest in a Pre-Purchase
before even Flying off - although it can be very educational to be present during the survey - the surveyor
can also give you an indication of repair costs
5)Currency Difference = Euro - it has ranged from 1.24 to 1.40+ vs US $ over the past year
6)VAT - like many euro countries 21%+.. & people think USA taxes
7)New Engine - Why? What about the other engine????
8)Stem to Stern - Every system-Electrical, Plumbing(Water/Waste), Engines, Drive Train, Fuel
, Rigging, Running Rigging, Sails, Navigation
, Batteries, Metal work (corrosion), Steering
, etc, etc will need to be inspected & defects repaired.
9) Ship Shape - to cast off you will want to ensure that the primary systems are functional & fully tested
Openings - hatches, thru-hulls, windows - are they water tight & operable?
In closing, A few books
will help guide your pursuit i.e. Nigel Calder's BoatOwner's Mechanical & Electrical
Manual - Sure there are some Cat books
that will help.
- You mentioned $10k - that will not even scratch the surface - Boat Bucks (1k) vanish easily
Advice - Get a notebook and write down all the suggestions, hints and advice offered by all these members which represents a very valuable resource
and many years of experience.
SURVEY - a basic requirement for all boat purchases - Start a new thread here and see if someone can recommend an experienced Surveyor in Italy or close by - You need a really good one to give you an accurate & detailed report. Then you will know most if not all the specifics.