Seafarer 29', good first boat?
I have been around boats and the ocean in Maine my whole life, but never sailing. My wife and I have decided we like the idea of it very much and are looking around at the costs involved.
Before we make any purchase we'd be taking sailing classes and talking with as many sail-boat owners as we can. I found a decent looking boat for around 10k, I understand it may cost a bit to fix some things but I have always been ok with some sweat equity. If anybody could tell me a bit about a 1976 Seafarer 29' I'd greatly appreciate it.
Seafarer For Sale is the website of the boat.
Mine is a 1978 Seafarer 30, and I paid around the same, as I knew it had been a bit neglected, and needed some TLC. In the end though, I put alot of work, and alot of cash into fixing it up. Some purchases, were not related to the condition of the boat, like Raymarine plotter, with radar, etc really drove up my total costs.
I feel the boat sails very well, although it is a bit squirly with a following sea, on the stern quarter. It has a solid hull, very burly chainplate attachments into fiberglass "knees" that are part of the hull layup.
Weak points include the cheap "faux" wood panelling, etc.
Also, I opened up and rebuilt my rudder, even though it turned out to be dry and fine inside. I would be worried about cracks in the rudder, as it may turn into a big job. Location, cause of crack, etc, should be checked out!
I also replaced the rudder gudeon, and this is something that should definitely be done, if it hasn't already. Mine had a crack, so I had a new custom one fabbed up.
Overall, the boat looks good, and barring any major wet decks, etc, I would think its a decent deal.
I posted on your other thread (mac 26) but will post here as well. I think it looks pretty good, excellent designers and good company. Go to this link to see a list of boat inspection tips put together by sailingdog http://www.sailnet.com/forums/boat-r...trip-tips.html
If there are no major issues like a soft deck I think it a good buy. Of course I wouldn't pay asking price. Nice boat - good luck.
And yea, I saw the post in the Mac thread, apparently it didn't gather as much attention as I'd though, if only there was a way to delete posts on here.
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