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Old 27-08-2016, 19:28   #1
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Dropping a line from SF, CA

Good evening all,

Just wanted to drop a line over here and say thank you as a long time lurker and a soon to be contributor. I am a convert from trawler to sail going from a 34' CHB to (hopefully soon) a Catalina 42.
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Old 27-08-2016, 20:10   #2
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Welcome here and let us know how it goes!
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Old 27-08-2016, 20:47   #3
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Will do and thanks. Quick question regarding sailboat specific surveys as I only have experience with surveys for power and commercial vessels. For the survey, do I need a sailboat specific surveyor or in conjunction with a surveyor should I also retain a rigging specialist to go over the sails etc?
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Re: Dropping a line from SF, CA

Howdy and Welcome Aboard CF Nightdog!

You asked about the surveyor. Conventional wisdom here says that having a rigger go up the mast and inspect the rigging is a relatively low cost expense prior to buying the boat and is likely less expensive than any damage you might incur from unseen (from the deck) faults in the rig.

Many folks also advise having the engine oil tested.

Good luck with your new sailing adventure! I lived in SF for many years and thoroughly enjoyed sailing on the Bay and off the coast too. Have fun!
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Here are some past threads discussing rigging surveys:

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Will do and thanks. Quick question regarding sailboat specific surveys as I only have experience with surveys for power and commercial vessels. For the survey, do I need a sailboat specific surveyor or in conjunction with a surveyor should I also retain a rigging specialist to go over the sails etc?
My own opinion is a good surveyor can do it all. The trick is to find a good surveyor. Ask lots of locals and see which name pops up the most. Do you have a particular Cat 42 in mind or just like 'em in general? Posting a thread here asking about 42s could help you be on the lookout for specific weaknesses, I am pretty sure there are folks here who know them well.
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Re: Dropping a line from SF, CA

Welcome. I like the idea of having a rigger survey your rig, especially as you are new to the sail part of boating. I also am in favor of having an engine survey. The Catalina 42 is particularly well suited to SF Bay. Lots of those boats are in the area. Good luck and let us know how it works out.
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Re: Dropping a line from SF, CA

Don and Scotty,

Thank you both for pointing me in the right direction, I'm hopeful it works out too and look forward to seeing you out on the water with me under sail instead of black smoke and white water behind my boat!
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Welcome to CF and all the fun that sailing offers! I used to be a stink potter too so you'll soon see how a few of them can really make all the rest look bad.
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Don and Scotty,

Thank you both for pointing me in the right direction, I'm hopeful it works out too and look forward to seeing you out on the water with me under sail instead of black smoke and white water behind my boat!
... and come out of the Bay and turn left and come on down to the Channel Islands, lots of fun down here too.
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