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Pre 1990's boat purchse considerations

I will not pretend to be the expert on all the models of Tayana, but I would like to give a few suggestions for those evaluating a pre 1990's Tayana or ANY other boat produced during that run. This may be a long running thread on things we find and replace. This is merely one of them.

It appears that there will be considerable wiring issues to consider. I assume that back in the 80's and before, most of the wiring was copper, and not tinned (as is dictated by ABYC). I also would assume that you will find a LOT of poorly insulated wiring and likely a lot of soldering. That was popular during the day.

ALmost without exception, we have been forced to pull all the wire nd replace with tinned wire. Almost without exception, the solder joints have corroded and cracked and have either failed or are close to failing.

The very deep bilge in the Tayana (and other boats for that matter) will have built up a considerable slime and who knows what sits down in there. Because the bilge is so deep, many of the V-42 owners have put the switch on the stringer about 2 feet below the footboards. I have a fix for that, for anyone that is interested. You may PM me.

After reviewing the wiring problems on the V-42, I realized it would be necessary to mention this to anyone who is shopping a Tayana or other boats of that vintage. Tayana did nothing wrong - it was more common practice in that age. Just consider checking it out as you shop the boats and look at the wiring and consider how you will get access to it WHEN you have to pull and replace it. You may also consider the costs of doing it when negotiating a final settlement.

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Good info CD,
any idea of the rough cost for the re-wiring yet?
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Good info CD,
any idea of the rough cost for the re-wiring yet?
I am not sure the costs we have incurred will really represent doing it. THat is because wire is absolutely out of sight right now ($$$$$$$$) due to gold. However, I estimate, assuming our time is free, that we have dropped about $1,000 in the mast. That includes a new deck/steaming light, and some new lighting on the head. You may say, "Well, I am not replacinag those lights, etc...)," but upon closer inspection, you will likely find them corroded due to poor wiring, and why do a half-A** job when most of the expense is the wire???

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The new Tayana 54 is my dream boat...
I know of a nice 52 for sale!! I have not seen the new T54. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY (did I say really??) love the Mason and Hylas 54. Pretty deep drafts for my use, though.

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I just love the Euro to Dollar exchange rate, should give me approx. 40% of the purchase price to play with for repairs, and still stay within my budget.
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Made a mistake it's the 58
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CD,
Thanks for the info. I have not seen that problem on my 87' Tayana. In fact I was thinking I had a quality wiring installation. I could be blissfully ignorant of the whole thing. Was there a specific problem that led you to the issue? I'll PM you ref the bilge pump switch.
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