Just looked at the pics on ebay. It doesn't look like it has been abused. A bit weathered on deck, but the engine is clean, interior looks good, even the head is clean including the head hoses. Contest builds a good boat. I can imagine circumstances where the owner would want to sell even at a low price, especially when he is an ocean away. Looks like a good deal to me.
After reading through the survey it seems more and more like what I am looking for. It needs some :
- Electrical Work - Something I can do on my own.
- Cosmetic Work - Something a little sweat equity will fix.
- A small crack in the rudder - Cosmetic from what I have read.
- Depth / Speed Monitors - Can install new myself.
But it is just that, no Radar, no Solar Panels, no Wind Generator, no Water maker, no Windless... I can outfit the boat as I see fit and as I need to depending on where I am going. I can scour for used equipment if needed as people keep updating to the latest and greatest.
But there are a couple things that worry me...
Mostly good, except, some fiberglass bonds under galley separating, also,
bonds under forward end of dinette separating in addition to bonds on floor timbers separating.
I don't even know what this is...
Mast & Rigging
Correct installation of spreaders. Spreaders should bisect angle made with shrouds.
I am going to have to take down the rigging to fix this and then put it back up?
It has new sails and the seller has done a lot of work on the fuel system. The seller said this about the engine :
"As for the engine, Yanmar has a great reputation for simplicity and reliability. Because I did not launch the boat I never had the opportunity to test the engine. It needs to be in the water to be started. I have turned the engine over by hand to make sure that the pistons were not stuck and decompression was OK. Everything seems fine but I can't guarantee she wil start immediately after two years of not being used My idea was to open the valve cover first and crank it over to see if the valves are lifting, and to be careful not to flood the engine at first , because that might block the pistons and cause damage."
If the engine runs fine for a couple hours around the dock and the sails are all listed as new as well as the rigging then I don't see why I couldn't sail it back to Toronto with a little care and a new depth / speed monitor. Unless the Spreader issue will prevent me from sailing.
The seller has been pretty up front about everything so far. I wonder if I can get to Boston this weekend to see the boat in person...