Re: Engine failure
I like Don's idea about dismantling the engine and handing it up piece by piece. It may
be possible to hoist the bare block out once it's been reduced to it's bare element.
The question is what to do after that- Do you dismantle and install a functional replacement engine? That just adds to the list of variables that could go wrong when you fire up the new engine. Still, the thought is interesting.
Hobie's biggest problem is his dislocation from where the boat is kept, his budget
and his lack of facilities to work on the boat.
I too, nearly bought a sailboat and kept it on a mooring
or rented slip while I lived in a townhouse a couple of years ago. I'm glad I resisted that temptation and waited until I bought a house in a water-accessable community. Quick, easy access to the boat, I can bring my entire tool arsenal to bear on the problems I encounter.
I'm not saying that surveys are useless, but in the short time I've been monitoring 3 sailing forums
, I've heard a LOT of complaints about critical things missed in surveys. At first, I was all a-twitter that I didn't have one done to my boat, but I'm not sweating it now. I have a marine background so I checked all of the items common to any boat before I bought it. It's true that I learned about sail-specific things like chainplates after the fact but the boat wasn't expensive so I'll live with the risk. Bottom line: Conduct your own survey
on the heels of your professionally paid surveyor. Don't just leave it up to him/her.