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post #4 of Old 10-06-2012
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Re: Looking to Purchase Cheoy 38 Offshore & Looking 4 Advice

TQA is correct - if it has teak decks...walk

they were good boats, considering their age when compared to similar age boats....however they were made in the far east and like Marine Traders (trawler/power boat) build quality was all over the place.

I have seen flawless ones and some that required every piece of metal installed to be reinstalled in the first year of owner ship, when new in the late 70's and early 80's. Wood work was most of the time quite good, but mechanicals not so much.

They are narrow in comparison to boats of today, and sail slower and react slower as well.

This one may make a decent project, if you have deep pockets, but you could spend twice your acquisition costs just taking up the teak decks, if it has them, and redoing the glass work.....UNLESS you do all the work yourself. Removing teak is not for the weak kneed or soft hands crowd, and the redo of the deck, glass work and fairing is almost as bad.

Side wood can be resealed or epoxied, unless your wood is totally gone.

btw, I owned a clipper 33 and was part owner on a 38 and then a 41 offshore..
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