For any boat of this age, there are vast differences between boats that have been well kept and those that have been neglected. The most critical differences are areas where water
intrudes from below or above. If those have been well kept, everything else is relatively easily repaired.
Have the boat dived with a video camera
and ask the diver to get close-up video of all thru-hulls and the leading edges of the keel
. Also get video of the condition of the zincs and prop. Bottom cleaning
divers are known to every marina office, so just ask them for a recommendation.
Inspect the keel bolts
and the fiberglass
around the keel
, and the leading edge and bottom of the keel itself for signs of hard groundings. Groundings can cause invisible damage to the bottom of the hull
that can make a bolted keel unsafe. If there is signs of grounding on the keel, you'll want to have the boat hauled and closely inspected.
Check the shaft seal
and be sure it's not leaking. Listen for a running bilge pump
while you're inspecting the boat. Look for a wet bilge
, inspect the thru-hull fittings for corrosion
. Inspect the rudder
post and fittings. Thru-hulls are often hard to find inside a boat, so use the diver's video as a guide to where they ought to be.
Inspect the chainplates looking for signs of water
intrusion below or around them. Also inspect the mast
step at the top of the compression
post for signs of water intrusion.
Look for white corrosion
on the mast
fittings, especially the gooseneck attachment for the boom.
Test the standing rigging
for proper tension (it should stand up stiffly to your weight pulling on it on both sides), and inspect the swages at the chainplates. If they look good, with only minor surface corrosion and no fraying, they're likely fine. Otherwise you should budget
to replace the standing rigging
. If the standing rigging seems lose, the boat may have undergone shock-loading which would require additional inspection
of the mast foot and the chainplates.
Expect to replace the batteries
, and test all the electrical
I would not expect significant problems from the Perkins diesel
or the clutch
. If it runs easily at test and doesn't smoke too badly, it likely needs nothing more than routine service
I would personally budget
about $15,000 to replace sails
, standing and running rigging, and electrics/electronics, pocketing the savings for whatever is good enough to keep.