Thanks for everyone's feedback. I did proceed with the purchase
after a glowing survey
It turns out that the previous owner always intended to get it back in the water, and kept up most of the required maintenance
. One thing that has frozen up is the ball valves for the cockpit
drains - frozen open. As all the other thru hull
valves close, I was happy for it to be launched straight away - there is just a minor drip from the stuffing box.
Except I found the bilge pump
isn't working!!!! Maybe just due to dead batteries. At least the hand one works, and new batteries go in tomorrow.
are mostly out, and I'm expecting a few issues there.
The hoses are all "food grade" quality, and are still flexible and reaonably transparent - so I might defer that job for a while. The deck looks like about 15 years younger than its age, having been under an awning all that time - by the way Delmarrey I believe it's solid GRP, not ply or foam - the manufacturer's brochure says "moulded decks". It all feels solid.
The mast is away being repainted and is due to be stepped in 2-3 weeks with new rigging - standing and running.
The 20 year old Avon inflatable
still seems good, and holds pressure. I will test that on the water this weekend with the outboard
. The diesel
had a valve grind 6 months ago, and I need to run it a few hours before head
and water tanks
were already cleaned.
Talbot, thanks for your checklist - gas fittings have not been looked at, so it will be a while before I turn that on. The stove is a Roden Horizon GH481 and I don't think it has the failsafe system for the top burners. The 50 metre 3/8 anchor chain looks perfect, with 35LB Plough - disconnected at present so I am using the secondary 27LB.
So for this weekend, I'm going to motor
for a few hours and then retighten the head. After there has been time for a few teething problems to surface, I'll post a list of the things that came up that weren't obvious.