The owner now has this posted in a different craigslist ad:
I visited the boat (prototype Luau 35 that never made it into production) last week. Spent a few hours with the pleasant (original) owner going all over it. It *does* need exterior paint
, plus tidying-up down below (headliner in aft cabins, some wood
veneer in bridgedeck cabin
peeling, stuff like that). Several opening and fixed ports
are crazed, a few opening ports
leak (especially on starboard side).
Deck seems solid. No anchor windlass
. Stanchion posts all around felt solid. Standing rigging
and non-rotating mast looked ok, halyards were quite weathered. Owner says original sails
(main and jib
only - no screecher/spinnaker) were gone over by North and deemed in good shape (but they're 26 years old!). Outboards (dual Nissan
9.9s) were just gone over and delivered back to boat.
Boat has been on the hard
for several years. Leading edge of port keel
joint needs attention. Keels themselves seem to be in good shape. Hulls seem to be generally OK, but there is some unfairness in topsides of starboard hull. Aft bridgedeck has holes where original outboard mounts were. Boat definitely has foam coring in that area! <grin>
Owner said he had a quote to paint
the hulls and smooth parts
of the deck for under $10k (If I recall
correctly, it was around $8k). He was going to paint the non-skid portions. If it was me, I'd remove all the windows/deck hardware
before painting, which would be labor-intensive.
Dual aft cabins are nicely separated from each other by a below-cockpit storage
locker. Aft cabin
beds are athwartships, not fore-and-aft. Nice bridgedeck salon
When considering projects I always ask myself what would something be worth if completely fixed up. The construction of this boat (divynacell/epoxy) is compelling, but she is an orphan, essentially custom boat. With no track record
, this is a niche buy. She easily needs $30k retail work
done (paint/sails/rigging/etc...). Very little/no up-side at $30k asking price.
I took several videos and uploaded them to YouTube. Am waiting to hear back from the owner if he is OK with me sharing before posting