I just bought a 1980 hunter
33' in Sarasota/Bradenton area in my quest to learn to sail. Looking for good mechanic
in the area to learn from, go through the mechanics, do some work
on her, then go out with for sailing, fishing
and scubadiving destinations. I'm half way through my divemaster, so getting pretty serious about that as well.
She's located in a marina on Cortez near Bradenton Beach (but not Bradenton Beach Marina, thank God). I've sailed on this boat
before so I at least know its worthy despite it's age. It's been outfitted and permitted for the Caribbean
and new engine
swapped which has less than 200 hours on it.
Going to do the following in February, myself, but I'd like someone experienced to look over my shoulder to provide more seasoned knowledge. I realize it may take longer, but have a time crunch, so motivation to get it done. My brother is coming to help with labor, maybe another guy friend as well. I have cash set aside to hire someone to do anything I cant figure out on my own:
Flush fuel tank
out to be mended/replaced
- fiberglass repair
Scrape & clean bottom
, hoses, pumps, connections
New sheets/running rigging
I also just bought a 27' Catalina
, so will be heading up there come spring. The universal has 90 hours on it, tanks
and most everything needs to be gone through, including new sail. If you have a used sail, I'll pay cash if it's in good enough shape.
Plan is to sail 360 when they're fixed up until I can get a captain's license