Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Northern VA
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First Sailboat - Cal 29?
I looked at a 1969 Cal 29 today. She was in the water.
We are looking for a boat for the Chesapeake Bay to expand our sailing experience daysailing, go around the DeMarVa loop, and perhaps visit Bermuda and the Caribbean. The Cal 29 has a good reputation and seems to me that she may work.
This boat appears to be in good shape but has some issues related to neglect:
- all the teak needs to be refinished
- gel coat is crazed
- cabin needs a through scrubbing
- the cabin paint is peeling in places and has spots of mold
- cushions need cleaning
- below decks the wood needs refinishing
- head is missing
- small counter top in the head needs replacing
- 2 opening portholes may need replacement (but they do not appear to leak)
- needs batteries
- needs to be hauled and paint the bottom (last done in 2008)
- the engine was winterized and I did not start it (Atomic 4)
It looks like she could be cleaned up, bottom painted by the yard, etc with about 40 hours work on my part and $1,000. So I should be able to get it done in 2 weeks and $1,500.
The good things include no obvious leaks, seacocks work, deck is firm, wood is solid, full suite of sails (6), the main and jib are crisp (i did not look at all of them), rigging and lines look good, no bad smells, comfortable cockpit and plenty of room to move around in below.
I read the concerns about "the beam" under the mast of a Cal 29. It is hard to see, but the tab under the port berth looked fine, no rust. The bolts and nuts looked new. But the floor pan looked original. I could not figure out how the beam could have been replaced without cutting the floor. So don't know what to think about this.
The boat is a donation so I have not talked with the PO. The director of the organization sailed her across the Bay to her current slip. He said she sailed fine and the engine worked. He sailed for several hours and motored for 30 min to charge the batteries. After doing this several times the starter failed. He has since replace the starter. He said the electrical system (lights and radio) worked fine.
It looks like most of the work is just manual labor and the type of finish work I am comfortable with. The cabin will never look perfect because of the uneven surfaces where the paint is peeling. I don't think the gel coat crazing can be addressed.
So the questions are:
- is this a good boat for my intended use for our family of three?
- Am I under estimating the importance of the issues?
- Does $2,500 seem like a reasonable price?
- What am I missing?
Thanks for any ideas and comments.