Finally getting around to posting
my new member
I have read CF for several years now, and just recently picked up my first Sailboat. A 1968 Columbia
36. Figured it was time to sign-up and officially join in the fun. Community has already been helpful figuring out insurance
issues with a good old boat
So a little about the boat
First lets get this out of the way, Yes she was an Ebay BoatAngel purchase
. So I bought her off of a description and a handful of photos. Once I was able to go inspect her she was well represented on the ad and I completed the purchase
. She had been on the hard
since November 2019 and was never launched in 2020 because of covid concerns. I spent the next week giving her a through inspection
, figuring out 'MOST' of the electrical system
and checking out the relatively new Yanmar 3GM30
. She was then launched from the VERY expensive boat yard in Annapolis Maryland
, and we moved her just over 22 miles north to her new home in Sparrows Point Maryland
which makes her a much easier compute to and from my home. She is now back on the hard
for the winter
The Yanmar 3GM30
performed perfectly! Paperwork on boat suggest they were installed new around 2006. She does vibrate more then I would like at idle. This winter
I will be checking engine
mounts and confirming engine
shaft alignment. I suspect this is more of an issue of the mounts sagging a little since install. Stuffing box drips a little more then I would like so this will be done at same time.
is in excellent condition. All cushions
were professionally made and are still in excellent condition. Have all cushions
for both interior
Nice two burner Force 10 stove/oven combo and stern rail mounted grill
. All prefect. Propane
locker is in cockpit
and likely get moved and locker box is showing its age.
Has what looks like pretty new install of Vacu-flush head
with holding tank
. I have not tested as wiring
hasn't been figured out yet. Or any of the water
Came with two very good condition sails
(head and big head sail) and one old falling apart main. With matching mainsail
cover in good condition (assume done same time as cushions) and bimini
looks prefect and I suspect was done when sails
and engine were done.
The not so good, but as expected list.
is tired and needs replace. Also looking at running if aft.
Tracing down a bunch of rainwater leaks
in deak. Started address these and plan is to rebed most if not all deck hardware
is wet and has looks like it has always been wet. Bilge pump
leaves about 3 gallons in, Shower
drains to bilge
, cooler box drains to bildge, pretty much everything drains to bilge. You get the idea which lead to.
bolt nuts are rusty and tops of some of the keel bolts
show results of prolonged exposure to bilge being kept wet. Prelimilary inspection
looks like replacing the nuts is going to be all that is needed. Most of the nuts are incased in epoxy
and look good, but some areas look pretty rusty. Keel
to Keelstub joint look perfect from the outside. No leaking, no smile, Keel is solid and doesn't show any signs of movement while the boat is in slings. I am 99% sure keel stub is solid fiber glass so not worried about wet core
causing hidden corrosion
of keel bolts
. So plan is to remove nuts one by one and replace and tighten down. I don't expect a problem, but this is biggest question mark at this point. If a problem if found will go from there.
There are a couple bulkheads where the tabbing to hull
has started to pull away. Worst areas is under galley
and in aft locker. Will be re-inforcing these area and redoing the tabbing.
Topsides was paint
but boat was shrinkwrapped the last year is was on hard for covid. Resulting in a whole lot of small paint blisters
where the shrinkwrap was in contact with hull
. Purely cosmetic issue and not very noticeable in water
. Will like be staying as is for next season at least
Ok, lastly my WTF was the previous owner thinking. because every boat (especially a boatangel boat has to have these)
Wires for depth sounder
, speed and wind
where cut above engine with a section of each wire removed. I rigged up the depth sounder
for the marina move and it function prefectly. So no idea why all these were cut. Boat has some older Autohelm
Depth/Speed gauge and an Autohelm wind
gauge. No idea what word and doesn't expect the depth
does since reconnected the wire.
DC and AC electrical system
had recent work
done. New DC switch panel installed in galley
, originial maybe DC circuit breaker still in place in engine area. New AC breaker wired in with shore power plug
and battery charger
installed. All the electrical work
looks to be professionally done. But much of it was disconnected when I got boat. I am still going thru everything to confirm so far I just to to figure out head and freshwater plumbing
Newer plastic diesal tank installed in aft locker I assume when engine was installed, is mounted on a piece of plywood
which got wet and need replaced.
Drains and more freshwater leaks
. Two drains on the sides drain to thruhull with the main cockpit drain. Hoses were not properly attached and leaking and hoses from side drains to the thru hull
looks like cheap
pool hose and it sags and traps water. Also access panel in cockpit floor is held down with four screws, only one isn't stripped out and no seal on access. It leaks bad... I fixed with duct tape for now but need re-engineer this access hatch
So enough about the boat. A little about me. As I said this is my first sailboat, but have some experience. Boats main purpose to introduce the better half to sailing and see if it is something she wants to do a lot of. My long-term sailing hope is to go cruising fulltime in next 5-10 years. but she has zero experience so this boat is to get her comfortable with the idea. Otherwise, I am an extremely DIY
kind of guy. Almost finished doing a frame off pickup truck restoration
in my garage and do all make and type of DIY
projects. When my house need a new heating
system, I DIY'ed removing the oil
furnace and installed new high efficiency Heatpump.