Originally Posted by Ger44
Hi, l have a chance to buy a 40 ft Piver Trimaran
. It is marine plywood
covered with fiberglass
. It has been sitting for a few years in the water
and it needs a lot of work. It has a musty, moldy problem, it positively stinks. Can one ever get rid of this smell? My girlfriend is alergic to this stuff big time. Should l even buy this boat? Thanks in advance. Ger44
Some of the very best deals out there ARE on older trimarans, but I would start out with a better design, like a Brown, Cross, or Kantola, and look for one in well maintained condition. It would be wise to stick to a WEST system boat with LP paint
as well. In that size, you would easily be looking at $60,000 to $80,000 for this level, and even then you would spend at LEAST $10,000 more to fix what's wrong or worn out. A project
boat of greater decrepitude, will cost as much, and take as many years to repair, as starting from scratch, but choosing a better & quicker to build design, like a Marples CC 40.
I've found building from scratch to be MUCH more satisfying! If you don't have the skills or 5+ years to spend on it, perhaps you should rethink. My Wharram
23, back in the early 70s, took three years and cost $16,000 to build. It only had enough interior
room for Lilliputians! In my early 20s, it was great!
It is hard to break into cruising on a 40' boat, for less than $50,000... minimum. New sails
alone might be $10,000. You can minimize expenses a lot, but it still takes the magic ingredient... M.