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post #50 of Old 08-29-2011
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Interesting that the thread has wandered into the dreaded "cost" topic. When we bought Victoria in 2005, she was in good condition but needed updating throughout. She was offered at $95k, we settled on $85k and went to survey which found a rotted bulkhead due to leaking chainplates. We renegotiated and took $10k off, settling for $75k. Since then, we've put in $15k, so that's 20% over six years. I do all my own work so I'm sure that the yard costs would double (?) that number if they were to do it.

The point is that boats of this vintage (1984) WILL require work, regardless of pedigree. I have also found that unless equipment is less than 10 years old, it will need replacing or repair. So don't sweat all the do-dads; they should have NO bearing on your purchase decision because you'll replace them anyway within 5 years. We knew what we were getting into and decided that my sweat equity was worth more than the extra interest payments and thrashing that I would endure if I waited for the perfect boat (which doesn't exist).

So here we are 6 seasons later and the boat is how I want it. So what did I find today? A leaking chainplate. The cycle starts again. The point is to buy quality. The money that you put into the boat will be worth it.

A link to photos and an honest list of repairs follows:

VICTORIA (and her mistress)

Bottom paint
Replace Battery Charger
Replace interior lights
Replace AM/FM w/ CD/AM/FM
Replace GPS/ remove Loran
Remove screen from diesel fuel line
Replace wing nuts w/ aircraft nuts on batteries
Rebuild steps
Zero Compass
Replace mainsail cover, wheel cover, winch covers, bimini cover
Install leather wheel cover
Service Masthead lights
Repair bulkhead in anchor well
Install stainless air vents
Replace running rigging
PSS shaft seal
1 diameter shaft x 48 length
Cutlass bearing (1 3/8)
Knotmeter paddle wheel replacement
Replace cabin light for Vberth w/Anti-corrosion
Repair port fwd lower chainplate & associated cabinetry
Fill hole in leading edge of keel
Overhaul port side through-hulls. Work all others.
Repair centerboard pendant.
new bilge pump switch.
R/R check valve
Install vented loopfor auto bilge pump
Install bronze A/C discharge thru hull fitting.
Replace clinometer
Install soap & toothbrush holders
New o-rings for depth sounder & knowmeter
install hatch holders on lazarette hatches
Refrubish genoa
Replace starter solenoid
Build new Vberth, Qtr berth, & spacer cushions
New engine tachometer
Fix F/W system. Bypass accumulator, bypass H/W heater.
Purchase & install new radio & home speakers
reapir rotted anchor well bulkhead
Rebuild F/W pump
Refinish cabin sole
Repair fordeck light
Finish interior w/ urethane
Certified water hose & fittings for A/C sea water intake
Build new Bimini
Repair stbd upper lifeline stern rail fitting
Paint hatch frame white/ new gasketing
Replace Raw Water pump
New cushion foam
Replace engine raw water pump
Repair galley delta faucet
Refurbish Wind Guage/ Knotmeter
Replace Fresh Water pump
Strip Bottom, fair keel.
new 7:1 vang
new VHF radio
Fix anchor well wood strip. Replace w/ painted pressure treated wood
Repaint waterline & sheer stripe (Port Kinsale/MM)
Repair Refrigerator
New Lifelines
New-ish biradial 145% genoa/new lufftape
high gloss varnish interior window frames, overhead trim
new VHF handheld
strip/refinish cockpit teak
Rebuild pressure water pump
New genoa
LED masthead & Stern lights
Strip Bottom Paint/fair keel
life ring
NAV software & GPS
NAV charts
SS Cowl (2 - 4" round)
SS Cowl (4 - 4" low profile)
swivel reading light (brass)
running rigging
Leather Cover for wheel
high gloss interior handrails
Replace centerboard cable / repair SS pulley/housing
Rebuild traveler 4:1 / new cam cleats
Add blocks & cam cleats for adjustable spin pole track
New fuel guage and sender
New bilge 2000 GPH pump

Sabre 38 "Victoria"
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