We purchased our 40ft Searunner
look-a-like in 2012. It was built by Iriwn Krebs, of Perry Florida
and was the last boat of eight that he built. We were advised by John Marples that Krebs was a renegade and never paid for the plans on any of his boats and therefore they are not "certified" Searunners.
Originally the boat was named "Comocean", When the boat was almost completed, Kreb's was diagnosed with cancer and was not expected to live very long. They took it on an eight month cruise
and then put it on blocks for two years. Following his death, "Comocean" was put on the market, we had it surveyed and purchased her.
We named her "Wingin' it" and the love affair began. Initially we spent 35,000 to upgrade electronics
, infrastructure and re-stepping the mast
. After 40 years of sailing mono-hulls Wingin'it was a pleasure to sail with friends and family
, then the cracks appeared.
It seems that Kreb in his rush to prepare the boat for his final cruise
, did not prep the glass on the three hulls for the first coat of primer. We found that this type of builders negligence is not covered by insurance
First it was a crack, here and there. We patched them but more cracks continued to appear on the amas and main hull
. All it took was for one freeze to come through Carrabelle Florida
one evening and the condensation
between the glass and primer expanded and literally blew large sections of paint
off the sides of the boat, overnight.
We had the boat inspected by Boat US, our carrier and were informed we were on our own, they would not offer one dime...oh well, go figure.
We pulled the boat and put her in a yard to assess the work that needed to be done. It was obvious that this was going to continue being a problem and that all the paint
need to be grinded off the boat and the boat needed to be completely repainted.
Well, it has been three months and Wingin'it it is taking her new shape and facelift very well. I'll share the before and after photos and will continue with this forum segment, all the way through the splash.
I think you will be impressed with the re-birthing of our Searunner