of the boat is really no definitive indication of it's condition. Someone's $3,000 ready to sail boat is someone elses ready to cut up and scrap.
I bought a 29' Ron Holland race
boat off of Ebay for half your $3,000 without inspecting. Damn, Ebay is worse than crack. Owner said the Atomic 4 ran fine and had decent sails
. Pictures showed a neglected boat without any obvious issues except some oil
stains around the hydraulic backstay and control panel
The reality turned out to be a little gem. Hull
had a newish Sterling LPU paint
was dirty but cleaned up pretty well. More winches than a tow truck but not placed for short handed crewing
runs fine but both aluminum fuel
and water tanks
leak and need to be replaced. Sheets
and halyards are old but high tech synthetic. Leakage from the hydraulic backstay turned out to be seepage that had accumulated over years of not being cleaned up. Cylinder holds pressure and showed no sign of leakage after cleaning
up with Simple Green. Sails
turned out to be a most happy surprize. Dacron main that had only been used in beer
can races. 2nd Dacron main that was very heavily built and very heavily used. Actually still usable but definitely not a racing
sail. The 150% Genoas were all 'string' sails. Pulled the first one out and got real worried as the reinforcing patches were tearing out and many patches on teh deteriorated fabric
. It was beyond its last legs. Checked another bag and the sail was in good condition with many races left in it. The thrid bag had a brand new sail that looked like it had never been set. Probably worth 2-3 times what I paid for the boat if I had to replace it. There was also a 110% Dacron Jib
in decent shape. Three spinnakers of various weights in good condition also came with the boat.
So even though the tanks
will cost some money
to replace, the deck
will have to be repainted after I rearrange the hardware
, the running rigging
will have to be replaced somewhere down the line, Feel I scored on the boat. Now, the only problem is convincing my wife we need two boats.
BTW, the boat sails really nicely though haven't it out in any rough conditions to test its IOR downwind antics.