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post #5 of Old 11-11-2003
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YIKES!!!!! 30+ foot boats are expensive!!

Regardless of what model boat you have in mind, I personllay think that rule #1 is:
--thou shall not buy a beater.

Boats that sail well mostly go down in value due to deffered maintenance, and to a lesser extent to changing styles. (IMHO)

We looked for a boat that was:
structurally sound,
well cared for engine;
original nav electronics were prefered (scrap & replace w new),
no major project larger than a new electrical system.

What we got was all of that, and still ended up putting $24k into new roller bearing blocks, genoa cars, running rigging, roller furling, chainplates, mast wiring, nav lights, integrated electronics, radar and more.

The result is that we were back sailing within two months after taking delivery, and three years later the boat is still fantastic.

Yes, the upgrades continue. but my project list keeps getting shorter and is managable. The appraised & insured value is over 2x what we paid for her.
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