After much study, reading, and following lots of old and new threads. I have decided to dump the unknown good old boat and refit
my tried and true Catalina
22 swing keel
.The two major systems that have shown signs of having deeper problems than I want to tackle again are the unexplained loose shrouds and several unguarded statements from the prior owner.
He has "had the boat over 2 years, never had it out of the water" (Long Island Sound). He has "dived 6 times to clean the bottom," he has "noticed cracks on the keel
where rust is bleeding thru." The boats keel is encapsulated cast iron. He closed the four (4) thru hull
gate valves when he first got the boat and they have never been reopened. When He got the boat "the mast
was down tied across the fore and aft rails".
I really want a little bigger boat but don't want to have to rebuild
one to get there, I just dropped and redid the keel on my 22 last year.
So I advertised and sold it as suggested in the thread as "a live aboard boat, not in sail-away condition". I lost
a couple of hundred, but did not lose what is left of my sanity. At 73 I want to sail a boat not have a project
. I decided to save the money
keep a sharp eye out for a good boat at the right price
. Meanwhile, spiffy up the C22 and enjoy sailing in the spring. I will go down the Tenn-Tom and start the Great loop with what I've got and be grateful for that.
I must add hear my sincere thanks for all the great input and discussion I got on this thread.
You ladies and gentlemen have given me more that I ever expected and more boat savy-ness than I could have imagined.
Thank you all, James