Hi guys! I'm back
I spent the last two months reading sailboats related material. From: How to build a sailboat to Boat handlyng and rules of the road.
I have red a lot about Cats too, to balance the equation.
I found Don Casey's "Inspecting the Aging Sailboat" of paramount importance for the novice. It touches points that will require years of experience to be able to discover.
Thanks to the wise words and great advise of my forum mates, I was smart enough and took a reef(maybe two)and started thinking with my head instead of my heart.
One can easily fall in love with a boat, and in my particular case, I have a tendency to negate facts due to overoptimism. I beleive I am over with it now
The cheapest yard I found to keep her on the hard, was $200 a month(inland). Plus another 3 to 5 K for hauling out, desmasting and moving her(one way).
I visited this boat several times, and every time I found more and more problems I did not see the first time.
When comparing the boat with others of its type, I found that the cockpit was modified and the wheel moved aft and placed over the rudder.
The upper transom was cut open and rebuilt, to provide access to the cockpit from the dock, and this modification altered the headroom of the cabin below.
The modification was done in a lousy way, and the looks are terrible, not to mention safety.
When comparing the pros and cons, I did run away fast!
Someone recomended me before in this tread to multiply by two whatever amount of $ I have estimated the job was going to cost. I can tell you know that the multiplication had to be done X3 in this case.
Thanks to all of you for your guidance, advice and support.
I am keeping my sanity...and my money
, and I'll like to invite everyone for a round of beer. Cheers!
In the mean time, I found a 17' aluminum canoe for $150, rigged her with a Sunfish sail for $120, added a 2hp outboar engine and... Voilá! I am sailing. I may post a pic sometime, if I learn how to do it
She is smaller, wet'r, fragile, but she is taking me places and I am enjoying it.
I'll keep reading and learning, and maybe, one day I will find the proper boat for the business, without sacrificing valuable time and money.
Till then, truly yours,