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Old 06-25-2002
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Free boat for me - lots of questions

Hi there,

I have been wanting to sail for many years now, and it appears I am finally getting very close. I grew up on ski boats and am familiar only with lake and river waters so far. I currently live in San Diego, CA.

Some kind stranger, never mind the backstory, is giving me an old boat they no longer want. Unfortunately, having not spoken with her directly yet, I don''t know much about it. What I do know is that it lacks an engine and is 25 feet in length.

She says it has sails and is ready to sail away, except for the no engine part. I have no idea what that really means, I should get to go see the boat in the next few days.

So, here are some questions I have. I can only assume that she hasn''t taken care of the bottom in quite some time, as she obviously doesn''t care too much for the boat. Assuming the worst, that she hasn''t done anything to it in several years (?) what might it cost me to have the boat pulled from the water, scraped and painted. Let''s assume first that there are no blisters or anything.

Then, what if there are blisters? I realize the degree of damage could be wide ranging, but any ballpark ideas? I am going to have a diver go down and check it out, will they be able to give me any indication of what might be under the growth they will undoubtedly find?

She used to have an outboard motor, but it was stolen she says. What size motor might one put on a 25 ft. sailboat? How much might I expect to pay for a used one? I have looked at new prices and my head is spinning. Also, how can I prevent my motor being stolen as well? I would assume the marina has some sort of security, but I just don''t know.

Basically I feel I need to look at the boat (hello Cpt. Obvious,) but provided it doesn''t look like a total trash heap, and according to whatever I can learn about the bottom, I think I will take it. I have a marina that has an open slip for me already. Are there other things I can look for or ask her about that may be important?

I figure if it takes me a year plus $5,000 or less to get everything fixed up, I am getting a steal.

I will update this post with as much information as I can get about the boat as soon as I learn it myself. Any help or advice offered is greatly appreciated.
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