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Old 08-04-2018, 23:32   #1
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Bought my liveaboard sailboat today

So after months of research, scouring the internet, and being shown many boats that had bad problems not listed in the ad, I finally purchased the sailboat I will be living aboard come summer.

It's a 1979 Cascade 27' I picked up for $4,500, and it is already moored in a transferable slip in a liveaboard friendly marina. I am the 4th owner, and the original owner purchased the bare hull and built it up to fit his 6'2" frame which is great because I'm just over 6 feet. The v-berth is long enough for me to fully stretch out, and I can stand up straight in the cabin. For being a 27' boat it utilizes the space well, with a fully equipped galley including a built in refrigerator freezer and propane range with oven. The La Mer Dame came with a full set of sails in good condition, and has a 9hp, 1-cylinder Ferryman diesel inboard in working condition.

The previous owners have immaculate records and receipts in addition to tons of handwritten notes on the ins and outs of the on board systems and a somewhat recent marine survey that found no major issues besides a few small things that have been fixed already. They were simply a retired couple that didn't get out as much as they would like and wanted to see the boat get some use. Everything works, with the exception of possibly the on-demand water heater and a delaminated tiller handle.
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Old 08-04-2018, 23:50   #2
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It sounds like you've done well for yourself, friend. If you wok it right, you may still be friends with them years from now.

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Old 09-04-2018, 01:32   #3
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Well done mate! Looks like a nice boat, well looked after and attractive... and if no surprises emerge as you start to use her, a very good price IMO.

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Congratulations, you did well. You won't find many twenty-seven footers that afford 6'2" headroom and you bought the dream at such a low entry ticket, while keeping your eye on refit expenses. Best of luck in your new adventure!
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Nice looking boat, for its age, size, and price.

Have fun!
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Nice boat.. Congrats..
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Yeah... quite pleasing to the eye as well !!
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Congrats! Looks like it was an awesome deal!
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Old 09-04-2018, 08:19   #9
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Now, THERE is a sensible man! Congrats from me too :-)!

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I had the privilege of knowing Wade Cornwell, and later Hans Geerling. Good company, good people, and good boats.
Congratulations, seems you got a fantastic deal.
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So after months of research, scouring the internet, and being shown many boats that had bad problems not listed in the ad, I finally purchased the sailboat I will be living aboard come summer.

It's a 1979 Cascade 27' I picked up for $4,500, and it is already moored in a transferable slip in a liveaboard friendly marina. I am the 4th owner, and the original owner purchased the bare hull and built it up to fit his 6'2" frame which is great because I'm just over 6 feet. The v-berth is long enough for me to fully stretch out, and I can stand up straight in the cabin. For being a 27' boat it utilizes the space well, with a fully equipped galley including a built in refrigerator freezer and propane range with oven. The La Mer Dame came with a full set of sails in good condition, and has a 9hp, 1-cylinder Ferryman diesel inboard in working condition.

The previous owners have immaculate records and receipts in addition to tons of handwritten notes on the ins and outs of the on board systems and a somewhat recent marine survey that found no major issues besides a few small things that have been fixed already. They were simply a retired couple that didn't get out as much as they would like and wanted to see the boat get some use. Everything works, with the exception of possibly the on-demand water heater and a delaminated tiller handle.
She looks nice, congratulations.
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Old 09-04-2018, 08:57   #12
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Congratulations. It looks pretty good. It also looks like the previous owner made some changes to the interior. I like it and in particular the headroom.
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Congratulations! Looking forward to reading about your adventures!
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Looks like a very well thought-out layout for a 27'. I like the galley arrangement and the enclosed head! It's the little luxuries that count
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Stongly built Canadian mouldings. Seems nicely finished too.
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