Very sorry to almost cost you a MacBook Peter, I would have owed you more than a few beers! Every time I flipped the photos to upload, they became too large to upload, and I couldn't reduce them on my travelling computer.
Update to the story. I called the owner and laid out the collective wisdom of CF. The mast
boot on the new mast
, and was allowing water
into the cabin
, where it was then trapped by the headliner
, and exited onto the inside of the hull at the bulkheads, creating rot
at the bottom. Not a huge problem. The real issue is the next one. Thanks for pointing out that there was no tabbing on that starboard bulkhead (I had thought he'd just drilled some out to run wires through it). It actually turns out that despite all the work done, the PO was not a master carpenter
, but decided to do things his own way on the boat he owned for four decades. There is in fact no tabbing on ANY of the bulkheads, and they all "sort of shift a bit." Having talked to a few Seafarer owners who had very positive things to say about build quality, this never would have even entered my mind. On the Chesapeake tributaries (I grew up on the Severn) and ICW
this was likely fine and didn't create any issues as large waves/side loading forces don't really occur. The current
owner didn't mention it because he considers it cosmetic and part of the overall interior
work (which in fairness he told me needed a lot of work); he doesn't consider it structural as the steel
post is keeping the deck
from sagging. When he was planning to use the boat himself, his next step was to spray foam the bulkheads in and then install a new headliner
. However, I'm reminded of that Pearson
in the Gulf of Mexico
with the caved-in hull.
I really wanted this one to work after missing out on a Miura by a week (unbeknownst to the broker I was dealing with who was selling it to me, the owner had already sold it!). Sadly, I really think this is better to pass on. It would still likely be a heck of a deal for anyone who wants to replace bulkheads, only sails
in protected waters, or who owns a marine salvage
business and does brisk sales in nearly-new parts
and lead. Thank you, CF, for your protection!