Going to look at a boat thats been sitting.
I'm interested in a Viking 33 which I'm told was well looked after prior to the owner's death, but has been sitting on stands in a marina for 4 years now as an estate battle between children was being settled in court.
Any tips on what to look for in this circumstance if I go and inspect it? My plan would be to go take a look at it, then if I like what I see, call in the surveyor for their opinion.
Obviously I expect to see a project that needs some TLC and cleaning, but are there any specific things I should look for since the boat has sat for so long unused? Essentially I want to insure that I have a "sound foundation" to work with. I'm wondering about things like:
-possibility of hull "dents" where it's been contacting stands for so long
-running rigging likely in need of replacing
-dried out packing glands (prop shaft & rudder?)
-rot or mildew problems if there has been any rainwater leaking into cabin
-standing rigging corrosion?
-is it possible that hull/deck moisture readings would not turn up anything since the boat's been dry docked for so long???...hiding a potential problem when she's back in the water?
-cracked/brittle hose (head system, engine, water)
-intergrity of through hull fittings
-sails sitting in bags (I assume) for years on end
I've been told the boat was properly winterized by the marina prior to storage (near Middleton MA, which is about a 10hr drive from me.) Still has the original Atomic 4, no idea of hours on it though. Apparently it cranks over fine but has not been started in 4 years.
Certainly interested in some feedback from others as to what to look out for, pay special attention to and any other comments/suggestions you might have.
Last edited by Canadaler; 06-25-2011 at 08:48 AM.