Originally Posted by rickykngo
What kind of refit/modifications is normally required? What's the worse scenario will happen in open ocean if the boat is not refit? The waves pound on the hull and it breaks into half or something? I've seen a lot ocean crossing videos on Youtube, but still can't picturing the worse that will happen to the boat in open ocean. Thanks.
For this particular boat if the numbers are correct first order to make her BW capable, as opposed to sailing her within the VHF
reach of the Sea Tow, would be to increase ballast ration to at least 30-35% (as a minimum). Unlike the modern boats which can do get away with low ballast rations due to their different design this one would be very unstable with only 25% ballast.
Second - rigging
. You really don't want to start your circumnavigation
with 40 year old rigging, no matter how rust free it looks. If the old rigging is in semi decent shape you may retain it as an emergency
Third - sails
. For BW use you probably need a full set of at least recent sails
in decent shape, not necessarily brand new and super expensive but at least recent and in good shape, plus some spares. For a boat of this size these sails in used decent condition would still run you about $10K give or take for full set plus any needed loft re-cuts.
Forth - deck
and through hull hardware
. At a minimum all such hardware
on a 40 year old boat not maintained to Bristol condition should be taken off re-furbished, re-oiled, etc. Plus all kinds of spares need to be purchased. And while you're removing the hardware for refurbishing you will most likely encounter water
ingress at some if not all points where it's attached to the deck
. You may be extremely lucky and not find such damage but you will know that only if/when you actually remove the hardware.
Fifth - you'd need such items as windvanes, auto pilots, good set of solar panels
, either large water tanks
or decent watermakers, new fuel tank
, etc, etc.
Each listed section from 1 to 5 with best case scenario, i.e. finding good used items with lots of life still left in them, would still require at least $10K to get and installed, if applicable. So you are already looking at $50K for a very optimistic scenario. That also assumes you can do major portion of the work/installations yourself. Not doing any of that work
probably doubles that optimistic estimate. And that doubling is also very optimistic.
So that is why in the previous post I said what I said.
Of course one can get away with any of the above if one's traveling plans do not include sailing more than 50 miles away from either coast and at a very careful storm avoiding pace. But at the very least such travel would still presume at least some level of handyman proficiency and thorough knowledge of the boat itself, its systems, its potential weak spots, etc. Perhaps the seller found all these weaknesses out and decided to split while she is still in saleable shape. Whence his reluctance to test sail.