Photousa, I'd seriously look for another boat. My wife and I bought a 1990 Catalina 30
last spring. In pretty good shape. I'm a DIY guy also. Sailed/motored for 4 days from Racine to GB (mostly motored as wind
was either dead north or non-existent). Next day coming in from our first "home" sail, transmission
took a shitter. $2k, had to pull engine
(which is in good shape). Lost
5 weeks of sailing (bummer)! Anyway, the boat is still in pretty good shape but here is my to-do list (note: I do like things in very good order and operating condition, for ease of use and appearance):
1) replace 3 part traveler with 5 part, replace control lines. Add turning block and move cleats
to aft edge of cabin
top, so one doesn't have to reach through dodger
to operate traveler.
2) replace all sheets
and halyards, and other control lines
3) remove all stanchions and rebed/reseal. Also install backing plates
4) go through and track all electrical wiring
- not really anything wrong, but no wires are labeled. Likely need new 120V breakers, but need to find some that fit my panel. And BTW, one of the stanchions that really needs attention is behind electrical
panel box. So I either need to find someone with at least 1 really skinny, flexible (more than just wrist and elbow
joints) and strong arm; or I'm gonna have to pull electrical box to do the job correctly, so repair will last for years.
5) "deoxidize" gel coat and polish hull
6) replace rub rail insert, but check all rub rail screws or bolts for leakage/rebed as needed first
7) repair rudder
(went aground just before tranny to the shitter and ground up the bottom of the rudder); there is also some delamination
to repair (but why stop there - I'm thinking of reshaping the whole thing into a type 0012 airfoil shape too!)
8) Replace blower vent and air intake vent cowls (the existing are in bad shape). A seemingly easy and innocent job!
9) Replace all above waterline though hulls (the original fittings are pretty eaten up)
10) take apart 4 winches and relube (this is annual maintenance
but I'm betting it's been years since it's been done
11) replace main halyard
masthead block, as well as other halyard
turning blocks. Any one wanna bet I can't change masthead block while hanging 50' in the air (from the jib
halyard of course!)?
11) replace all the interior
lights (the fluorescent tube lights are shot, the others - I figure change 'em while I'm at it
13) reinforce the fiberglass at the engine shut off cable, before I pull it right out someday (also - lube the cable!)
13) and the list goes on... The anal side of me wants all this done by May 15th. Gonna need to prioritize.
I've already done quite a few things. I guess my point is that even a boat in pretty good shape (and I believe that, not just being stubborn) has a lot to be done. I'm an engineer
and consider myself a pretty good planner. This size boat is new to us and rarely has a job taken less than 1.5 times the time I estimated it would take.
Don't know what your budget
is, but you ought to be able to find a better boat, especially one that is easier to inspect.
Best of luck to you!
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