Hi guys !
This thread seems to die when I'm not around, we spent some time visiting hospitals and doctors ...
Then we saw an ad for a 33ft Ocean Winds Catamaran, listed at 45000Euro ...
By the ad we were led to believe the boat was in reasonable condition, It had recieved two brand new engines two years ago, it had just been out of the water
for an antifouling, the deck
had been repainted etc...
So off we went, booked a week in Sardinia to go and see the boat...
Where we saw the boat was in terrible shape !!!
Yes it did have new engines, only 3.5 hours, started by the owner without even checking the oil
levels (and the boat had not left its mooring
Yes the deck
had been repainted but without anti-skid (plain dangerous, extremely slippery when wet) so obviously the deck needed another repainting with anti-skid...
We went for a test-sail...
No wind instruments operational, display broken...
No boat speed on the log... Depth OK
The owner did not even know how to power up the compass
(which seemed to function)
Impossible to fully hoist the main sail (mast slide issue ?)
in terrible condition requires replacement
and unfurling the genoa
3 of the 4 deck selftailing winches were not operational, very old winches (Telo 160, 200 and 220) who will need replacement (the working one was already a newer winch
16, too small for this boat, main halyard winch
is on the mast)
in bad condition, they had been left on boom and forestay for 4 years instead of being taken of and stored inside... Genoa
needed restitching, main maybe too but both sails required a big cleaning
Although the rigging had been replaced 4 years ago the attachments to the chainplates requires attention
Owner not aware how the GPS
operates, I had my own GPS
When we returned the owner gave me the keys so I could inspect the boat at my own pace.
smell inside the boat, port fuel tanks
were sitting in diesel
and apparently already since a long time (fuel hoses, repainting of bilge
and fuel tanks
The boat needs a full electric
rewiring, household wiring
had been used, contacts corroded, log on nav station completely disconnected...
No separate house batteries installed (removed when the new engines were installed)
on starboard side was cracked (for how long?) and requires a big job done...
When we looked at the engines, they obviously looked nice but under the port engine
there was water after the test sail, not before ! Where is the leak ???
The fridge not operational on 12V, not operational on gas, mains not tested...
Water gas heater burns, impossible to change the temperature setting.
All rubber gas hoses to be replaced.
Owner was unable to tell us how to light the oven
so we don't know if this was functional (guess it's OK)
Owner was unable to explain how to operate the holding tank
set to 'sea' position and I could not move it to the holding tank
position (maybe by trying harder) so I guess these vanes require replacement, how to empty the holding tank ?
and so on...
Needless to say we were not so happy... Owner told us not to deduct all the repair costs from the asking price
While we were in the harbour the boat got hit by a cowboy in a motor
boat !!! We informed the owner who came to the boat and repaired the bow with a gelcoat
repair kit left there by the previous owner, without proper cleaning/degreasing etc... We were astonished by his attitude, there were two witnesses on board of his boat when this happened and still he just did a quick and dirty fix...
Anyway, we left home and started to search for repair estimates, certainly a lot of work but might do a lot ourselves trying to keep the price
down. (my wife really loved the layout of the boat and that counts)
We then got a message from the owner to look at the ad, he dropped the asking price by 20.000 so was now asking 25.000 for the boat.
We thought this was a reasonable price and replied asking him if he would reserve the boat while we arranged for a survey
, we stated we would pay the asking price if the structure was sound (no delamination
We kept on exchanging some messages and he even proposed himself to phone
the yard to provide me a quote.
By today I agreed with a surveyor
I would give him a job. We needed to schedule a hauling with a shipyard.
And I now just got an e-mail stating the boat has been sold
I sincerely hope that whoever is buying
Atreyu, a 1980 Ocean Winds 33 will read this post so they know the boat they bought is NOT seaworthy
and is a lot of time and money
away from being so... Whoever this is, feel free to contact me !
The owner has proven he can not be trusted so there might even be a lot more issues than what I already found, after all, I'm not a surveyor
Needless to say we are really disappointed ...
It was not for now...
the right boat will come ...