My wife and I are both 35 years old and just traded my 91 Jeep Wrangler for a 1971 Horstman 39' Trimaran
. She has a 23' wide beam and has had quite a bit of work
done... and from what I can tell, needs quite a bit of TLC too. We feel like even if we have to put in a ton of work
. We hope it's not $30k but even then we still came out ahead on the trade
. Obviously we're not in it to make financially smart choices but we want some fun and there's no turning back! We're determined to have our fun! From what I've gathered, the previous owner used it only as a floating condo for their daughter while she was in school
. They painted the bottom 3 years ago but with their neglect, they let it get bad! They now live 1000 miles away and after some wheeling and dealing, they were eventually willing to take the hit on the trade
just to get the pit off their books
. I think they tried for a couple years but were asking $45k(way too much) for it and didn't even
before showing it. Just makes me think there's most likely more to it than the eyes can see.
My buddy and I cleaned the bottom yesterday and I found areas where there was no bottom paint
anymore. I've heard it should be done every 6ish years but if you don't take care of it, it won't take care of you. I didn't feel soft spots and maybe the paint
came off with our cleaning
but I now know it's going to have to come out soon. Not sure how long soon needs to be but I'm not really trying to gamble on it. I plan on getting a survey
done asap but was wondering if I just pull it out and get it done while on dry dock
or have it done asap in the water
and plan out the pull a little better in case it needs something else. Maybe wait til summer ends and dry dock
prices drop? I assume, the longer I wait, it could get exponentially worse.
I just remodeled our townhouse including sub flooring
in a few rooms, a ton of drywall work, stripping popcorn ceilings and orange peeling the ceiling, and basicall all the other joys of being a homeowner. Our project
home is done though! With that said, I'm fairly handy with woodwork and have repaired many fiberglass
surfboards....so I also know fiberglass
work on a much smaller scale. I understand boats are pretty much the same as a home when it comes to needing fixes.....but add the saltwater corrosion
to the mix of forever revolving needs.
I grew up sailing with my grandparents, went to sailing camps for a handful of years, but it's honestly been a while. I still know the basic concepts and could probably just jump right into it if I had to but I'll feel more comfortable after a little refresher. My wife has no sailing experience other than being drunk on our friends small newport
. lol. She also loves scuba diving
and enjoys the ocean as much as I do. She wants to take lessons or a class. Private lessons on our boat
or Sailing 101?
is in Long Beach, CA. Looking for as much advice
as people are willing to throw at us. Who do we have survey
? Where do we pull a multihull
like this? I assume it's much harder to just sling up than our friends little newport
was. We're almost as wide as they are long.