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Re: Is a marine survey really worth it for an inexpensive boat?
I am not suggesting to anyone that a survey be required for a cheap boat, but be careful. We bought our old very cheap boat subject to haulout showing little or no blisters. All was good until she started drying out on the hard. Then so many blisters popped out we got help and found the hull was waterlogged. By then we had already put $1500 into new rigging so were not going to trash it. We ground off all the gelcoat, dried her out, fibreglassed, faired, epoxied etc. Add on new blocks and running rigging, wiring, sails,paint and lights,centreboard cable, bilge pump etc and the cheap buy wasn't in anyway cheap any more. Learned a heck of a lot though, and we rescued a vintage boat that would have been in the junkyard very soon.
Good reflection...my advice is that the survey gives you a ballpark idea of just how expensive your "inexpensive" boat will become...
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