I'm sure you know to be extra careful in buying
a salvaged boat
. There are many degrees of "salvage." Visible damages are not the only damages to beware of. Corrosion
or salt water
absorption doesn't always show up immediately. Be especially skeptical about rigging
systems. My Beneteau
50 was a Constructive Total Loss in Irma. The boat
was still floating, mast
was still standing, rigging
was still in place. I wouldn't trust the rigging to carry a sail without it being replaced. Hundreds of boats were lined up side by side in Paraquita Bay. The violent surging of the water
banged the rigging of the boats together. The hull
had two small holes in it. One was not very significant but the other one was near the chainplates, which could affect the integrity of the rig.
Can my former boat be successfully salvaged and put into use again? Of course, but a buyer needs to be aware of the money
and/or time he will have to spend on the boat to be confident of it. If its intended use is island hopping in the Caribbean
or up and down the US coast, it can be a great boat. If you want to take it or one like it offshore
, then that's another question.
If the seller tells you about all the wonderful refitting that has already been done on the boat, demand to see the receipts and know who did the work
. Otherwise, walk away.
One more warning: marine
surveyors. Having formal credentials is not the same as being competent. Choose your surveyor
extremely carefully, follow him like a shadow while he conducts the survey
, and be sure to point him to any areas you have concern about.
I think there will be some real bargains in the salvaged boats for the right person--meaning someone who can do his own work
or can get work done at prices well below boatyard prices. My bigger concern is for the people who will pay normal prices for salvaged boats that have disguised their salvage history