Thanks for the congratulations and support! I love the idea of a 70s-era small boat rendezvous!
As you can tell we've already succumbed to a case of 2ft-itis. As we went from wanting a 20' to (nearly) buying a 24', can we just say that we both had a case of it to make up for the extra 2'? I've held my other -itis (cc-itis in this case - my 49 cc scooter, Piglet, just isn't doing it for me anymore. I'm coveting a Honda Hawk CB400) at bay for a while, but we'll see. One simply can't live with two cases of upgrade-itis - one will have to lose
We're only planning on keeping this one for about two years, when we'll move either to the 27' range, or right up to a 35' liveaboard.
The surveyors recommendation for the gas tank was simply to strap it to the front of the cockpit, and build a semi-permanent stair over top of it. I'm really not keen on this (not least because we now have a fuel line running the length of the cockpit. Guaranteed someone is going to kick or pull on it, spewing fuel everywhere, and possibly losing power in a sketchy situation) I think we'll be adding some sort of fuel locker in the aft starboard lazarette. This is not my area of expertise, so does anyone have any good sources on how to do this?
How do others store portable LPG tanks?
As for the deck, striping the top layer and completely redoing it seems like a better, if more tedious approach. The deck is bare where it's delaminated at least - no hatches or such to mess about with, though some of the stanchions, and possibly the pulpit may have to come off. Can this be done while she's afloat, or do we need to be on the hard? We may end up doing this sooner than expected, as the forward cleat (used for mooring, as well as everything else!) seems dangerously close to the delamination. IIRC, it was still solid there, but I will certainly be doing some poking about.
Total newb question - but how does one tell if the hull is cored? The surveyor said that the high moisture levels corresponded with (I think) the lazarettes, or somewhere else that a bit of water had pooled. He didn't seem concerned, or it may just have been that there's not much that can be done... She is an old(er) lady, afterall. Is there anything that can be done about this? Is it a safety concern? Apart from resaleability, how much should I *really* care? I read SailingDogs' boat inspection tips, which gave me the impression that if there's a high moisture rating, to simply run away. I know many will say I am insane for buying a boat I know is wet. How unrealistic am I being saying that we'll haul, dry, grind, epoxy (barrier coat?) and repaint the hull in a weekend? How long will it take for her to dry out? I assume this can't be done in a weekend. We're planning on keeping her in the water year round, and at least doing a bit of winter sailing. Would hauling for a week suffice?
(sorry for the plethora of questions!)