They finally did it. It is final as of today - they are the outright owners of a Tayana 42. HEY!!!
I think many of the people here know we have been shopping for quite a while. I have even talked to many of you on the phone. We considered quite a few boats, but in the end, we found the T-42 as the best boat for a number of reasons:
1) Seperate shower.
2) Comfortble head.
3) Lots of storage.
4) Very comfortable, roomy interior.
5) Easy Lazarette access.
6) Comfortable cockpit (considering what it is).
This boat is a 1987 (splashed 1988), 1 owner, fresh water (with the exception of 1 year... where it is now) Tayana Vancouver 42 aft cockpit. It does have teak decks, but they are in very good shape. There is NO sign of ANY water damage on the entire boat. Nothing leaks. The boat is very solid. The survey had some issues we had to resolve, but we worked through them. We also pulled an engine survey which came back very good.
As far as equioment... name it: Water maker (new Spectra, this year), radar, CP, autopilot (though all the electronics are old and will be replaced), generator, ac/heat, SSB (well, almost... much of it has been done with the exception of the Dynaplates for CP). The cushions are relatively new and all the rigging and hardware looks VERY good... suprisingly good in fact.
Since the boat was a greatlakes boat for almost all of its life, it looks to have been used only about half the year. There is very little rust and oxidations. It has two full sets of sails, one of them almost brand new.
For those of you with a wooden mount for your traveller, take a look at what the PO did here: He fabricated a SS traveler mount so rot would no longer be a problem. We found MANY of the boats we looked at with teak mounts were having rot problems. Maybe it is a solution for you?
All in all, it was not the perfect boats. It has drawbacks. One of the biggest ones is that we are not the same boat type (for cruising together... I will leave him behind). But it had so many other positives that we decided we would just deal with it.
Here are a bunch of pics. I did not take them to "show off" the boat... but to remember aspects of it so we could seperate it from other boats we saw. SO you are not seeing it at its best, but it will give you a pretty good feel for it anyways.
Thanks everyone for the help and thoughts. We are another step closer to cruising...