Originally Posted by Sailorgolfer
I just bought the boat for 3800 dollars. I still think I've got a real good deal. Can you tell me anything about it did I should know? I would not mind having a partner or 2 on the boat if anyone is reading this?
It is it in a live aboard marinas in marathon florida in the keys.
You got a great deal then!
The guy you bought it from recently (last year) paid $5500 for the same boat from the previous owner (PO) who had worked a bit on the engine which looked in very good condition and seemed to run well.
When I visited my friend David on Marathon we replaced the batteries at the Napa shop near Coco Plum on the main road. We also changed the engine oil so she's good to go for a while - only takes about 2 1/2 quarts of oil Yanmar 2GM20 (?).
I have no idea what condition the stuffing box or packing are in but it seemed like a pretty dry boat.
The head needs some work though and the VHF antenna needs to be connected properly; the VHF should be priority #1 to fix.
I'm sorry I never actually got to sail on your SJ 28' but my only advice would be that you should have fun sailing her but make sure you know how to reef the main sail and change down to a smaller jib (hank on jibs: were there 3 of them or only 2 that came with the boat?) for when the wind kicks up.
Can you tell me if you heard about this SJ 28' from my post here or did you just happen by?
My impressions of the boat tell me that it would be a lot of fun to sail but it is not an ocean cruiser (no handholds on ceiling in cabin, holding tank not secured etc.). My friend did sail it a bunch of times and said it was a little squirrely going dead down wind. She is a coastal cruiser or even a racer/cruiser.
Good for you.