I just bought a 1977 32 foot Mariner off of ebay. No survey
, but talked to owner and he seemed like a stand up guy. Boat is currently located on Pickwick Lake, which a bit of internet research
tells me is the upper end of the TennTom waterway. According to owner, boat is running and in good condition considering its age. I didn't come in on the last turnip truck and expect to have "issues" upon inspection
. Hopefully they will be smaller rather than larger but the price
leaves a lot of room for repairs/upgrades.
My first problem is I know almost nothing about larger boats. My experience is mostly in bass boat sizes. I need advice on books
or sites to help with moving this boat.
I am planning on docking/using it somewhere in South Texas
area roughly between Corpus Christi and Port Lavaca. This is a general area, I MUCH prefer a smaller city, such as Rockport or Port Lavaca or smaller to dock
in. Any suggestions for marinas
that are full service
(does work on boats) or that are friendly to this size of boat?
I am "considering" taking this boat down the TennTom waterway, to the Gulf and across the ICC
to S Texas
. Besides the obvious of charts
, can anyone recommend one or more "bibles" I should get? I can probably have the boat trailored to, say, Galveston cheaper, but this seems like a good, and relatively safe learning
method, and, I want to explore any issues in freshwater before I get to salt
Being this old, I would like to have this boat surveyed, fixed, prepped for salt water
, etc before jumping off into the deep end, so to speak. Does anyone have any suggestions for anyone who can do this somewhere in the general area of Pickwick Lake or S on the TennTom? The seller seems very reasonable and I can take over his slip for at least a month or two.
This is just scratching the surface, but, in short, I need HELP and would really appreciate any advice or recommendations. I'm ignorant but, hopefully, a fast learner. If anyone prefers to do it in private, a PM (if they have these on this forum, that's how new I am) or an email
would be fine. Thanks to all.