There was a boat named Bumfuzzle a few years back that had a very popular blog. They had never owned a boat and bought a newer Wildcat and had it fully surveyed in Florida
. It was fine. Sailed it to Panama
and had it surveyed again for some reason. Now it had massive delamination
. They set sail for New Zealand
anyway. They emailed Charter Cats, the builder
, about getting their boat fixed. I will be the first to admit, Charter Cats dropped the ball big time. Bumfuzzle posted all the emails, and the poor responses on their blog. This looked bad. When they got to New Zealand
they went to one yard and got estimates on the work needed. Instead of getting a second opinion they went ahead and had this guy basically strip the entire hull
down and rebuild
it. This guy must have been incompetent, or a crook. Among other things he claimed the keels had been built and then just fiberglassed on so he cut them off and reattached them "properly". I own one of these boats, and the keel
is part of the hull, not glued on afterwards. So either he lied or just couldn't see what he was doing.
In the email
thread the builder
thought the boat had been hit by lightning
but the owners claimed it wasn't. The previous surveyor swears there was no delamination
when he checked it. Yet a few months after their first survey
they decide to have a second survey done? All of a sudden there's huge delam spots? The story just doesn't make sense. It's my belief that they either collided with something, or were hit by lightning
. Even the photos on the blog look like a lightning hit. But they insist not, and before Charter Cats got their ball together to send someone to look at it, the owners had got it repaired at a yard that obviously saw these newbies a mile away.
Sorry for the long rant.
The short answer to your question is to watch for structural issues, in particular, delamination. But just make sure you get a survey done, and if your surveyor has any experience (s)he will know about Bumfuzzle. So have the hull sounded and if it's solid, you're good.
Our boat has an area about 3"x4" of delamination on the port hull. It's about a foot above the waterline. We will get it repaired when the boat is out of the water
next, sometime in the next year or two. It's not a major issue. If your survey finds delam, particularly if it's below the waterline, just put it in the offer that the seller has it fixed.
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