I was the general manager of Kettenburg Marine
in the early 90's, the largest boatyard in San Diego
. I think I can say, with some authority, that no yard, regardless of the size of the pocketbook, is going to get a vessel ocean-worthy in a month. Boats are complex associations of systems: hull
and superstructure, mechanical and propulsion
and rigging, plumbing
, tankage, habitation requirements, and cosmetics. Did I forget safety
systems, auxiliary craft, storage
and provision management? The boat in discussion has sat idle for some time, apparently without rudders and rigging, and the status of the interior is probably "transitional".
Whoever acquires this boat will have a big vessel, will need to locate it in a yard for some time to perform several of the operations needed to make it seaworthy
, then they will need to hang out at a marina dock
to allow the visits by myriad specialists to install and integrate the many parts
and systems. Doing this on a mooring in one of the worst locations in San Diego
Bay is not realistic in terms of getting the work performed in a timely and efficient (and cost-effective) manner. One person sent me a PM asking if he could swim out to the boat to check it out. I wondered how the neighbors and the authorities might respond to this form of visitation.
If anyone is truly serious about taking on a project of this magnitude, they need to realize that construction of the hull
and superstructure, the parts
that we can see from the outside, constitutes only one-third of the total cost of a boat. It's the systems contained aboard that kick up the cost and complication. The bigger the boat, the more costly, by a very large factor. One doesn't take on a project like this unless they intend to be successful, unless, of course, they haven't a clue of the consequences. Only one in three (or more) custom-built boats ever gets fully completed. It's sad, but true.