Mike, one last thing that you should do. Be SURE to get a marine survey
done on the boat before accepting it. Get a pro too..there is a society of marine surveyors that has pretty high standards. I found it by google
searching for marine survey
Pay very close attention to wood moisture levels..and do NOT trust a survey that he had done..not even if it is by a reputable surveyor
. In this day of everyone going broke, you might find the one he employed was susceptible to bribery.
are very good boats, but they are just as susceptible to wood rot
as any other.
I just bought a 30 foot 1973 Pacemaker Sedan Bridge..here is the link. Although she needs work, I think you'll agree that the price
is decent..try not to choke when you see it, ok?
eBay Motors: winter project 1973 pacemaker, no reserve!! (item 200269290430 end time Nov-05-08 15:35:54 PST)
I bought it as you see it and I have not even seen it in person, but at that price
, I can't go wrong, I think. Plans include picking up either a Raytheon
24 to 36 mile weather radar
set (used) and a combination sonar/gps chartplotter
, also used, off ebay or anywhere else I can find one cheap
. MY GOAL is to have a very seaworthy
, bulletproof cruiser for under two thousand dollars US that will do whatever I want it to do. It might be ugly, but it is mine, and it is paid for. Plans are to drop her in in the mississippi
river near where she's stored just south of Chicago (the very southern tip of Lake Michigan) and float her down to the Gulf of Mexico
. from there I'll putt down the coast to florida
, stopping at a few air force and navy marinas
(I'm retired military..retired in May after getting blown up in Iraq..then found the wife had two kids
and was pregnant with a third and that she'd stolen my house out from under me and divorced me..I lost
everything I owned after a 25 year two service
military career defending the freedoms of her kind to destroy the lives of people like me.. I wound up being 80 percent disabled, but I'm also now free to do whatever the hell I want..and now, nobody can tell me what I can and cannot do..
So after hitting the florida
beaches and stopping to recharge my bank account for fuel, I'm going to take a shot at hitting the Bahamas
and some other islands..
I'm a race
and engine builder
(I've been racing
for 35 years and building engines for most of that time as well) and I've got damned near every tool known to man as well.. so if you see her, feel free to run me down and we'll share a pint and I can pick your brain about the stuff I really DON'T know, like an autopilot
My regular email
. Feel free to shoot me a message any time you like.
I spent a bit of time at Mildenhall RAFB and Molesworth. I'm also (supposedly) Scottish-Italian..meaning I'm a lazy cheap
bastard who likes bagpipes and has an opinion on everything. I don't know why I like bagpipes, but I can listen to them for hours. A guy on base played them professionally for the US Air Force Band while he was attached to them, and every week he'd come out dressed in kilt and whatever the rest of the clothing
is called, and I could listen for hours.. Chilling sound, yet it calls to me..almost like someone instinctively calling you home maybe?
I'd love to visit there before I die..been to italy
and loved it, but it just didn't call to me. Guess right now would be a great time to make the trip with the dollar being worth more eh?
I was in germany
when the deutchemark was 2.75 to the dollar. By the time I left it was down to 1.73, so I know what you're feeling about the exchange rate.
By the way, I KNOW why all you brits drink warm beer
made your refrigerators! (even got the frogs back..lucas made all the wiring
and sundry items for my Peugeot 505 TD..and I'll be damned if it wasn't so poorly wired that I asked my buddy who owns a sports car shop if Lucas made the wiring
, and he said YES..I almost died laughing. I've had a succession of british cars starting with a 67 E-type Jag (with a later V12 and a transmission
WITH synchros) a 68 MGB GT V8 with the american Buick aluminum
block 215 cubic inch V8 that Rover/British Leyland bought the rights to, a Triumph TR8, same engine only fuel injected, with Lucas electronics
. And anyone who says Smiths Guages are accurate has been breathing gasoline fumes for WAY too long.
So I can say quite truthfully that no matter HOW bad that boat of yours turns out to be, it won't be as bad as anything with the Lucas brand name on it..it won't leak oil
, it won't vapor lock, and it won't leave you stranded..
They were all GREAT cars..until you tried to drive them.
Cheers, and you'd BETTER bring a few cases of REAL Newcastle Ale with you!
The Newcastle we get here in the US is piss water
by comparison. But if you're a black and tan drinker, my hat's off to you..pine tar and asphalt..about like a low alcohol Jaegermiester.. You SHOULD try some ANCHOR
beer is REALLY good..even by european standards.