well, I went ahead and pulled the trigger, and am now the 2nd owner of the piver on Merrit Island!
we went over the boat pretty thouroughly, including cimbing in the amas as much as possible, pounding on the hull
with a rubber mallet like a giant timpani, and walking(bouncing reall) on the deck
barefoot. There's some previous repairs
that seem solid, and 2 more serious ones that need to be done.
the sole of the transom needs to be replaced in the rear corner, and the rear member
that goes to the port side ama is dry rotted, along with a small soft spot near one of the ama hatches. Other wise, she appears in remarkable shape.
as an ex carpenter
, and professional laminator, I'm pretty confident I can tackle the repairs
, other than tearing into a gorgeous old boat!
BUT - I wouldn't mind the suggestion of a competent inspector, and even a second set of eyes accustomed to the pivers... hint hint..
overall, I'm pretty excited about her, and will start by pulling her completely under the shed next week!