I need some advice and input from other who know more about sailboats and the cost associated with them. My mom wants to live on a sailboat. she used to live on a 1977 26' Seafarer sailboat and loves them. recently she has been wanting to get back on a boat
and so we started looking for boats. Particularly the 26' Seafarer because she knows the boat
so well and all her stuff fits, the draft
is shallow for florida keys
cruising, and the deck
is solid fiberglass(not cored like most boats were in the 70's.
We have a 7-8k budget
to get a boat and fix it up as much as we can. we have looked at Seafarers that are OK..for around 6800 plus we need it shipped to Louisiana (another 1500-2000) so thats pushing the limit.
ok so now that you have the background here the question. We found a 1978 26' Seafarer in Texas
that is in need of some TLC.. the boat is way up by Oklahoma and has been forgotten about for 3 years basically. the marina is tired of having it and so we offered $1500 for it. they accepted (they wanted 5k). so how we are trying to decide if its a good thing or not. we can get it shipped to louisiana for $1500, put in a boatyard and we'd have 4-5k to put into the boat..this is what it needs
the port holes and hatches leak-need those repaired
the deisel engine
needs a tune up
it needs a full shorepower system put in it.(provisions for thru holes for a marine
ac unit now or down the road)
and bottom need to be painted
the prop needs to be packed
it needs new cushions
and covers(my mom sews canvas
so can do that cheap)
it needs some sails
and maybe the top of the boat buffed out.
needs new companion way doors.
perhaps the front hatch
the other wood refinishing and inside clean can be done by us at a minimal fee.
with this budget
does it make sense to try and hire somepeople to do this work
and do whatever we can with the boat?
it couls be customized and made to how my mom wants it instead of buying
an "ok" boat for more and not being able to do much work
Thanks so much for any advice or opinions, we have 45 days to decide.
Any other suggestions for a 26' liveaboard
sailboat with a draft
less than 4', that doesnt have a wood cored deck(my mom is afraid of expensive deck
rot). that would be in the 8k max price