Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Looking at a Alberg 35
LOL. I think that helm chair was the first thing in the dumpster, along with the incredibly sketchy lpg system. I refinished the deck and cockpit last spring. I still need to sort out the sitting situation as well.
$20,000 in refit costs is about what I'm looking at in the end. I've probably got about $15,000 in at the moment and still plan to get some electronics. 100% my labor. That was my point about the asking price. If you spend $18,000 on the initial purchase and spend another $20,000 on a refit, you end up with a nearly $40,000 Alberg 35. You could buy another well outfitted cruiser for much less. There is a recently refitted and very well outfitted Alberg 35 for sell on Cruiser's Forum for $23,500: For Sale: Alberg 35, fully equipped! $23,500 obo - Cruisers & Sailing Forums
Absolutely. With the current buyer's market in sailboats, the cost of fixing up a basket case is likely a lot higher than buying one that someone else has fixed up. I bought my Alberg because I wanted to work on a boat. I enjoy the fix-up as much as sailing. Being retired, it's great hobby. If the objective is sailing alone then considering a renovation is a questionable idea. The only caveat to that is things become obsolete quickly. If you upgrade electronics, rigging, etc., you start from day 1 on the maintenance aspect of all that stuff. Example: my liferaft ALREADY needs an expensive re-cert.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.