Originally Posted by Saasaan
I don’t know what kind of boat it is right now, I will ask tomorrow, what would be the major things I should have checked out? I have a few months to let him know whether im going to take the boat or let him sell it. But I feel it is time to start learning something worthwhile (like sailing) . University was fun, but I think learning about sailing will be a whole lot more rewarding : ) ! I just hope this is a boat I can put money in with the thought of it being a contender for the big ocean one day !
OK as far as what boat is, if you wait a little while some of the US members will come here later and tell you.
Right now, and to help you decide if you should sell or not:
1) identify the boat, and see what it is worth. (if you stay around this thread and others pitch their opinions you will soon find out) If its a bad boat, with small value, then don't dump a lot of money on it, unless it has sentimental value. If you want to keep it for other reason, then go ahead..
2) You say it hasn't been sailed in a while? Get the rig (mast, attachments to hull, chainplates, all the hardware that is holding and fixing the mast) checked by a professional.
3) Then move to the hull, has it been sitting in the water for a long time?? Has the hull been painted for marine growth? Get the boat out of the water and check all the surfaces that are under the water. This preferably should be done by a professional, because of you lack of experience.
4) Check the engine and sails next also by a pro.
5) Move onto plumbing, electronics, bilges, heads etc.
In the mean time, start learning how to sail. It is very easy, but for you to go to Hawaii, there is still a somewhat long reoad to walk. You may learn in school boats, then when ready move on to your boat. Or if you know someone that knows about sailing, get him to go out with you. You will be sailing in a few days. This off course depends if the boat is good to sail.
Chances are its been sitting for too long. So while you learn, get her repaired.
I would start by asking an expert to go there and look at here, get a surveyor, he will tell you the extent of the repair/rebuild and can give you an idea of $$$$ you need. If you are handy, maybe you can spend some hours a day an repair it yourself (some stuff you can't do, so a yard will be needed).
From the photo it seemed like an OK boat, center cockpit, but probably not very fast.