I'm interested in getting a cruising boat
when I retire and I've spent the last 8 - 10 months doing research
. I'm sure we want a cruising monohull
40 - 47 ft. but haven't settled on a particular boat-builder. Given our budget
we're looking at boats around 10 years old, or older boats that are in the 20 - 25 year age range. The older boats are ones on many of the top 10 blue water
boats list (e.g. Hylas
, Bristol, Tayana, etc.) If you purchased an older boat
(20 - 25 yrs old) perhaps you'd be kind enough to share your experiences. Some questions are listed below. Feel free to only answer those questions which resonate with you if you don't have time to go through the whole list.
1. What boat did you buy? Approximate cost?
2. What systems required a refit
? In addition to common refit
items like standing rigging
, did you have to upgrade any systems caused by age-related wear? Some examples are tankage, hull
re-wiring, hull osmosis
, soft spots in the deck
, etc. What were the approximate costs?
3. Were all problems areas identified by the survey
? Any surprises?
4. How long did the refit take? Did you do the work
yourself, or outsource to marine
specialists or both? How many "man hours" (your time) did you have to spend?
5. If you did a lot of work
yourself, did you have a lot of marine
industry experience? Was this your first boat?
6. Exit strategy. If you sold
your boat what percentage of the cost of the boat plus refit costs did you get back?
7. Final and probably most important question, would you do it again? Any lessons learned you'd care to share?