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Old 08-07-2011, 12:06   #16
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Re: is this project feasible/worth it?

Wait a minute. What do you want to do with the boat? It is basically a day sailer. If and only if you can come up with enough sails and rigging to make it go, gut it, pressure wash it, buy some cockpit cushions at Walmart and go sailing! Do not put any real money into it!
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Old 08-07-2011, 12:14   #17
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I know where a catalina 25.5 poptop is that just needs cleaning and can be had for $500.00 its in NC and in freashwater to boot.pm me for info.there is also a pearson 33 1975 w/ a atomic 4 that has everything one would need to go sailing for 7500.00 and a hunter 25.5 w/poptop that needs the sole replaced for 500.00 you can do a lot better for a little money and less work. DVC
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Old 08-07-2011, 13:00   #18
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Re: is this project feasible/worth it?

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No.

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I agree with whatever-his-name-is.

I did note he had to fill his post with ....'s to make the 5 character quota.

The simple 'No' would have been much more succinct.

Being more verbose and it being a rainy day I will verboserize: I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole.





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PS I am in the tropics cruising: why the hell is it RAINING?!
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Old 08-07-2011, 13:08   #19
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I wouldn't waste my time! I'm still restoring my $1200 boat...

FREE boats are far more expensive!
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Old 08-07-2011, 13:17   #20
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Re: is this project feasible/worth it?

Many times I see something like this dragged up and placed in front of a business somewhere. If you want to just go sailing, you could probably save less than $1000 and buy a day sailer and have loads of fun and adventure...JMHO
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Old 08-07-2011, 14:11   #21
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Re: is this project feasible/worth it?

No deal there.
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Old 08-07-2011, 14:14   #22
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Re: is this project feasible/worth it?

In this economy there are a lot of under 30' boats that are available cheap or even free. Buddy got a 28' Columbia for the cost of the yard bill and storage, about $1000.00.

Look around and you can probalby find more like that.
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Old 08-07-2011, 14:17   #23
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Feasible? Yes. Worth it? No.

Not unless it's worth it to spend $10K and a year's hard work to have a $5K boat.
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Old 08-07-2011, 14:23   #24
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Re: Is this Project Feasible / Worth it ?

Welcome Aboard Cruisers Forum

You will spwnd a lot of money and time for a little return...
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Old 08-07-2011, 14:25   #25
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Note: We have duplicate threads going at once ....
I have merged the two threads, but the continuity seems OK. If anyone sees such discrepancies again, you can greatly help us by hitting the red triangle on the left and sending us a report - as James S did on this occasion - thanks James!!!

Incidentally, we rebuilt a 32ft Elliminator, which survived the invasion for the simple reason that it was scuppered in the marina for the duration. AFter that, it was sat on the hard for ten years before we bribed our way into ownership with a few cases of special Kuwaiti tea.... and all it had was a mast and toilet. Later we found the boom. Then we destroyed the toilet by putting the mast through it at the launch... We sold it a few years later for about $25,000, and it's held its value - it's about to change hands again at same price.... The guy we sold it to sold it on to buy a Swan in Lenbanon - now he's hoping to buy it back again, it's such a great boat!
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Re: Is this Project Feasible / Worth it ?

I guess you are getting the drift here, apart from the potential legal issue, given the fact that the original owner has taken everything he thought might have value from her, restoring just the hull, with you being handy with tools will likely not be expensive, but will be a time consuming job.
BUT, that done, buying the bits that the original owner removed would cost at least ten times what the old bits were actually worth. Worse yet, even if the original owner agreed to give you the bits he removed for $100 or less, you still have costly problems;
Engines tend not to like to be submerged for any length of time and a rebuild would likely cost you about half of what a decent copy of this boat would be worth.
Total re-wiring, new batteries etc. takes time, and money, and of course you need first of all to invest some money in raising her and then taking her someplace where you could park her (Preferably under shelter) while you spend 6 to 9 months restoring her.
Often, “Free” anything’s turn out to be way more expensive than buying a decent working copy at a decent price and I suspect that this particular freebie might just fall into that category….James
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PS I am in the tropics cruising: why the hell is it RAINING?!
Well at least that hex is working

Any unusual aches and pains???
This goddam wax voodoo doll I got on ebay is full of pins and so far... nuthin'!!

Mate, you get no sympathy here, living the life of Riley we're all trying to get to...
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Old 08-07-2011, 17:39   #28
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PS I am in the tropics cruising: why the hell is it RAINING?!
Say mate, aincha ever heard of a tropical downpour??

Oh, I know... being an Aussie (one who left before this year), you've never seen rain before!

Cheer up... you could be stuck in Livermore CA, where it's averaging near to 100 F each day, but isn't raining just now
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Old 08-07-2011, 18:18   #29
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Saucy Sailoress, I really dig your tale! However, Original Poster (OP), I agree this particular project is a NO. Go find that $500 Catalina lake boat instead! Um, by the way, I've sailed my $2000 project boat from South Carolina to the Exumas and up to Maine. I'm in the Long Island Sound right now headed back home.

You can find a better project than this and get on the water! By the way, those NC barrier islands have some skinny and shifting water around them! I saw some pretty expensive boats stuck on them on the way up (and spent a little time in contact with the bottom myself.)

Go boating! It's fun! It strikes me that part of the fun is dealing with kind of crazy prospects (sunken boats, sailing into Ocracoke). So good for you for asking! We all need some fun!
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Old 08-07-2011, 18:21   #30
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Re: Is this Project Feasible / Worth it ?

markj--is RAINY season in tropix now. that is why the rain. yes it has a season.LOL...

there are many catalina 25s in the world. why that one?

jim--that is because it is NOT Rainy season right now-- kali rainy season is winter. this is summer. LOL.
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