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High and Dry - How long is to long?

An ad on Craigslist caught my attention. The usual to good to be true price with a photo of a boat in decent exterior condition. Contacted seller and it seems legit. Boat has been stored in his back yard for years though. On jack stands.

This sets off an alarm bell or two but I am not sure why. There is water damage inside from leaking ports. I understand that even at 1/3 of the price for similar boats (same model and similar year) that sailed last year it may not be a bargain at all but what is the damage I should be concerned about? Hull flex? Dry rot certainly. Or can it be opposite - a barn find where the 5-10 years it spent on land are five to ten years of less wear and tear.

Of course the Surveyor will find most issues but before I even go that far I thought I'd ask.

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Re: High and Dry - How long is to long?

Might be easier for other owners of the same type of boat to help you if we knew what type of boat it is. How many years? Really depends on how it was stored on the stands and how much water damage on the inside. Freeze damage? go look at it and if still interested then go with a surveyor. also consider how easy it will be to get out of the location and back to the water. how big a crane and crane access. $$$$ depending on the boat could cost you the other two thirds of the price of the boat.
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Re: High and Dry - How long is to long?

Also a good possibility that all the rubber bits (hoses/belts/seals etc) on the engine and elsewhere are well past their service date, esp if stored long term in low humidity conditions.

But, most any answer to your query will depend on the boat, its size, and its perceived value. Boat movers are not cheap, but not necessarily a deal breaker depending.....

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Re: High and Dry - How long is to long?

It is a '75 Islander 36. Yes, I am thinking any belt/hose/gasket has to be replaced. And now, from searching this site and others I am thinking hull/deck joint in addition to ports may need a bit of attention.

Yes - a visit would be in order.

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Re: High and Dry - How long is to long?

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They age in place faster than in motion. Everything rots, dries out...engine sitting idle without oil and rusting, pumps all fail, sealant dries up and stuff leaks, sails if not stored right have had critters living in them, thru hull valves are frozen, deck/hull joint sealant may have dried up....

We bought one of the 5 we've owned that had been on hard for only 1 year, and all that stuff was wrong.

If you've owned boats before, are handy, and can estimate and evaluate this stuff, maybe you can get a deal. If you're a first time cruising boat buyer, recommend you start with one that's heavily and recently used by a knowledgeable owner, and make friends with the guy.

But whatever you do, go get a boat and good luck.
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Re: High and Dry - How long is to long?

Most of my thoughts are mentioned already. Have you owned and maintained a sailboat before? If so, give her a good look over, then hire a surveyor if you think she has good bones. Know for sure that she'll want to be taken care of for a year of more, until she's forgiven the world for leaving her to rot. If you've not owned before, this is not the best way to jump in.


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Re: High and Dry - How long is to long?

Thank-you for the shared wisdom. This is not the right boat for us. If I added a few dollars and lose a few feet I can get into a much better situation me thinks.

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