After many years, many boat shows, many charters and a few boats of my own, I started looking at something for my "new" wife and kids
to live aboard and cruise
on. Surprisingly the easy part after a few charters was convincing them to do so
I've recently found a very good deal on a 51' ketch
, a Formosa
. I know a "Garden Ketch"
, but we've chartered her sistership and the family
really liked it due to it's seakindliness (of course we were in the lower antilles for both charters), her height above the water
, her ample living and storage
areas. As far as the Ketch
part, we had that conversation on another thread, so let's just assume that I want the ketch rig
also okay with and desire a full keel
So again, I found a really good deal on this boat, it was primarily used by it's previous/current owner for trips to and from Catalina Island
. Not very loaded with nav gear
, but I have some from my last boat and I'm sure Bill will donate plenty of good advice on Nav/Comm gear
... I like his inventory
Here's what I do know... I haven't hauled her yet for a survey
but plan to after you guys help me with my first question... To Refit
1) The electrical system
is original (1977) and Taiwanese at that. It probably needs to be reworked/redone completely.
2) The teak deck
is in good shape, however there are a couple of spots where the deck
joins the pilot house that look suspect. Nothing visual inside.
3) The interior
of the boat is very clean and well maintained.
4) The rigging
(standing and running) is original. Not sure if it has been inspected lately.
5) Wood Main Mast
and Mizzen appear to be well varnished and upkept well... will need to confirm.
6) Boat was hauled and bottom anti-fouled/painted in 2004.
7) New batteries were installed in 2007.
8) Original Ford diesel
has never been rebuilt, seems to run good, but would need to be checked.
9) All other systems are original.
10) Very little nav/comm equipment
(See comment above)
11) She has two S/S tanks
and two iron tanks
for both fuel
and for water
. The owner has never used the 2 iron tanks on either system. Without these iron tanks however, the boat still has 200 gal. of water and fuel
Probably other things I haven't even thought of...
My thinking on the buy a solid project
boat is that I can afford it and I think I can afford the refit
(that is until I read your inputs) and that doing much of the work myself will give me a more thourough understanding of her systems, etc. Would likely have to get work on diesel
done by someone else and would only help with the electrical
refit, but none the less I would know every inch of the boat this way. Also with regard to safety/nav/comm gear, I would be able to palce it where I want it from years of experience and many statements like, "Why did I put that there?!"
Well Guys, am I nuts or not?