I'm gonna take another stab at lookin' at a boat. This time The Admiral is going to join me.
This one is a later model Pearson 36 that's been on the hard all winter.
I would like to know what YOU
look for when viewing a boat for the first time. Comments and suggestions greatly
First thing that I will check out is what the broker described as "some water leakage around the stanchions."
This scares me, but assuming that that is OK, what else would you look for?
I intend to get a surveyor to go over this professionally, and more thouroughly, but I want to figure out if this is worth his time (and my money) before I engage one. (Right CP
) Also I assume that the sails and all lines will be stowed for the winter, so I will have the surveyor check them out if it goes that far.
Here is my current checklist:
- Bottom Paint: (New / Smooth < > Old / Flaking off)
- Topsides: (Smooth / Clean < > Crazed / Dirty)
- Deck: (Solid / no soft spots / good nonskid)
- Stanchions and Lifelines (New < Frayed Rusting)
- Rigging (New < > Frayed Rusting)
- Chainplates (Clean / Solid < > Rusting / Loose)
- Dodger (Custom < > Mail Order)
- Traveller (Condition and ease of use)
- Bilge: (Clean / Dry < > Gross / Wet)
- Batteries: Age and Brand
- Through Hulls: Material (Bronze / Stainless / Marelon / Brass) Flanged or not)
- Ground Tackle: Size and type of Anchor and Chain
- Holding Tank and Waste Plumbing: Condition? Discharge valve?
- General condition of interior: (Clean / Dry < > Gross / Wet)
- Woodwork condition:
- Galley - The Admiral will be the harshest critic here
- Electronics - Based on a conversation with the broker I am not banking on anything being there, and will factor this into any offer.
What am I forgetting?