I bought my project
boat with zero experience on old sailboats but lots of experience on boats from all my junk power boats and racing
beach catamarans both old and new.
I did a lengthy survey
on this boat mainly looking for soft spots and found none even though the boat was a 1974 and had been on the hard
for 5 years. It had been left at the boatyard I found it at on the PO's return cruise
back to Massachusetts
Not considering this point too much, I just look the boat over on several occasions then forked over the $2,000.
Only later did I realize the significance of the PO's cruise
. On CF, folks talk continually about pre-cruise boat prep.
I bought this boat to learn monohulls so I went about planning to replace old thru hull
hoses, stuffing box packing, rigging
, etc. only to find that it appeared to have been done fairly recently. (or at least worn parts
replaced) I figured I'd have it a couple years then get a larger boat but since I'm still working I realized this boat would handle most anything I would be doing for the foreseeable future
Another key point on these old boats is to get a good brand. I had heard of Bristol and with a little research
found out that they were pretty well built.
But it was still a project
boat: (costs since 2011)
New Main- $1,600
(to replace old diesel) - $1,500
Bottom Job - $300.00
Inverters (3) - $200.00 (I blew one up)
Bottom Job and Topside- $500.00
Lifelines- (Dyneema/spectra)- $100.00
Washed all Running Rigging- $3.29 (Ivory Liquid)
Had the boat in winds to 34 knots (passing squall) and 30 mph for 4 hours running down wind
and it was like being on a beach cat in 12 knots. The boat just cruised along as if everything was normal and I guess it was for a boat like this one in the direction I was sailing at the time.