Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Hampton Roads, VA
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Good deal? Need advice.
Good evening ladies and gents,
I've found a 1976 c&c mk II 29' sailboat for 5k. The interior is fairly nice and actually clean, which is unusual for that price range I've found. There's minor cosmetic wear and tear on the inside, but it does have some flaws. The diesel engine has a head crack, and the previous owner decided to epoxy it and paint over it and sell it to the current owner without revealing the flaw. So needless to say, the engine is done. The boat is missing pretty much everything you would need to get underway. There is no compass, no depth finder, no engine, no vhf radio, no wind vane or autopilot. Some of those things I recognize aren't strictly necessary, but are nice to have for longer trips (self steering systems). It once had a nice aluminum davit and dinghy, which were knocked off when someone new to boating ran into it while it was docked. Unfortunately that means that a new davit might be difficult to install since it damaged the fiberglass when it ripped off the davit. The current owner never got underway with the boat so I have no idea if there are other problems, perhaps with the sail or the mast or boom.
As it is right now it appears to be a comfortable live-aboard vessel and is great for anyone who wants an apartment. But I've also found a boat for a few thousand more that has all of the equipment, including working autopilot and engine, dinghy, radio, etc. - a 1981 yamaha 30.
I plan on using my boat as a place to live while I'm in the Navy and do some cruising around the bay and maybe a little coastal cruising and offshore cruising. Not a lot, just enough to test the boat and myself. When I finish my time in the Navy I'm planning on taking a few months to travel up the coast over to Greenland and Iceland then down to the UK to visit Ireland. If I'm still feeling adventurous at that point then the Mediterranean is just around the river bend as it were, and there's a host of countries to explore around there. I'm also considering very strongly cruising around the Caribbean for a bit as well, but which course I plot out will depend largely on who is going with me, or a coin toss.
I'm looking for advice from the salty gurus of sailnet. What am I looking at cost and time wise to set the c&c right? Would you go for the c&c over the yamaha 30? Would the Yamaha 30 work for my long term plans better than the c&c? Is there anything that pops out in your mind listening to my plans?
Thanks for your time guys.