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Well, it's potentially a pretty boat, and certianly could offer all sorts of adventures ... but my recommendation to you would be no, simply because of the fact that you mentioned you had found "cheap" moorage for it...hence I am assuming that you are on a budget. 46 foot boats are hugely expensive to maintain - regardless of the condition.
The boat is not in good condition, and while it may float and sail right now, it needs work. To do the work, you are going to have to haul it out. This will cost you money. The average Travelift cannot handle boats of this size. When it's out of the water - it is going to have sit on a cradle. A very $trong and expen$ive cradle. Because the boat is not a production model, that cradle shops know and have the specs for, someone is going to have to measure the boat and compute the displacement and hull shape, before the cradle shop, or you, can build this cradle. Cost out the wood or metal - whatever you think you would make it of - and then write that figure down.
Now find out where you are going to work on the boat, how much that is going to cost you a month, and how much it is going to cost you to get the boat there. Note that a lot of marinas will not let you do work yourself, and a lot of others will not let you do the kind of major work this boat is going to require. Write that figure down under the first one.
Now to begin work, you are going to need tools. Big, strong, serious, tools, not the stuff you buy at the local hardware. A minimum of $2,000.00 here. Write that down under your two other figures.
Now - speaking as someone who has owned two wooden boats, and whose father and brothers have also owned them - working on wooden boats is not like working on fibreglass boats. Everything is connected to everything else, and the pieces are big and heavy. Fixing one plank or one frame means removing four or five planks, measuring, steaming, bending, fastening and fairing. Then you're going to have to caulk most of that seam again and match paint.
You will not be able to lift and hold things in place by yourself. So let's figure you can hire someone reasonably responsible for maybe 10 bucks an hour. Trust me when I say that your friends are going to tire of helping fairly quickly.
Then there is the matter of cutting and shaping your wood. The timbers on that boat will be huge. You can certainly piece these together using epoxy and smaller cuts, but eventually you are going to end up with something that is about eight feet high and weighs in at a hundred pounds. You'll need a gantry of some sort to manipulate and hold these.
I could go on and on, but I think you are starting to get the picture. Add up the figures you have so far, and realise that you haven't even started buying materials and fittings yet. If you are in a position to spend low six figures on the boat, you will be able to get her reasonably seaworthy, if you want a beautiful, well-fastened craft - easily three times that.
The only way buying the boat could make sense is if you are prepared to take some risky rides until she finally sinks underneath you, and walk away from her and the money that you have spent on her.
You are also going to need a crew to sail this boat. Two people, or one very agile and knowledgable one.
Far better to take the money you have and buy a boat around 25 or 30 feet, in good condition, that you can sail and sell when you feel the need for change.
Last edited by Sailormann; 04-02-2007 at 01:43 AM.