Well, I did it. I finally pulled the trigger on a starter boat
for the wife and I! We have been spending some time out at Lake Carlyle in Illinois and swung by Boulder Yacht Club since, thatís where the boats are! We were wandering around (hey, we just like being near the water) and spotted this little boat
on the end of the dock
. It was dirty, without question, had been sitting alone for some time, and needed TLC! The good news was, it was floating! Truly, the boat isnít as bad as it looks in the pictures.
The For Sale
sign had no phone
number listed on it so we thought we would just stop by the marina office on our way out and ask about it. Before we got too far, the owner had spotted us looking her over and was making his way to us to ask if we would want to take a closer look at her and we took him up on his offer.
He told us that he was asking $1,700 for the boat as is with a running Tohatsu 9.9 outboard
and what we see with it. In addition to that, he said he also had extra sails
[jib and spinnaker], Bimini
top frame and canvas
, new electrical
panel, new compass
, Magma 14.5" gas grill
with cover and a new bilge pump
. He then added that while he was asking $1,700, he would probably take $1,500, no less.
Now, I do not go to the marinas
without a checklist of things to look for when considering a used boat
and the tools to perform the mini-survey. The list I used was from another member
on this site and it is comprehensive. We looked the little boat over for well over an hour checking everything I could get to!
Next Monday my wife, oldest son and I will meet with the seller and the folks at the marina to haul it out of the water
, pressure wash the bottom and let our son (been working on fiberglass
boats for a while now) look it over and he give us his opinion on the hull
overall (through holes included).
Some of the big items on the list that I know will need to be addressed are the electrical
and the running rigging
. The electrical wiring
in the craft now is old and brittle and there is no shore power
connection that I saw. I plan to go ahead and replace the breaker panel along with all the wiring
and receptacles. While Iím at it Iíll go ahead, swap out all the incandescent bulbs with LEDs, wire up some new battery
boxes, and add a solar charger
The standing rigging
is solid but the running rigging will need replacing. Thank God itís a small boat! Iím sure Iíll replace all the sheets
and call it good, no reason not to.
For now, however, we are going to clear her out and clean! Top, bottom, port and starboard, nothing will go untouched! We need to get it as clean as we can in order to really see what we have in store for us!
My wife already has some fabric
for the cushions
and I have a fair amount of cherry plywood
in the shop to really do the interior
After we looked it all over and got an idea as to what we need to do, we all sat down on another club members boat and shared a beer
, or two, orÖ After a while I told the seller Iíd give him $1,200 cash (contingent on the haul out
inspection) for the little boat. He countered with $1,300 and we made the deal.
For sure, more to follow!