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Re: Terrifying Spencer 42' - Should I buy?

Another vote for "run away as fast as you can!" Even if it were free, you'd have to sink so much money into that boat to put things right it just wouldn't be worth it. In the end, that kind of investment of time and money only makes sense when you pour it into a top quality boat with a pedigree. Even then, it's rare to recoup your investment. It's one thing to buy a derelict to simply live on at the dock, but when you start mentioning bluewater sailing .... Better to look for a quality boat that an owner has lovingly restored and maintained and who is selling for health or age reasons. Even then, you'll find the upkeep on the boat time-consuming and expensive (if you keep it up to a high standard). Keep looking. There are a lot of used boats out there for sale.
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Re: Terrifying Spencer 42' - Should I buy?

Wow --

I mean, really, WOW!

My first thought was "this is a great example of what happens when Home Depot advises someone on how to renovate a boat."

My second thought was "Jane, get me off this crazy thing."

However, I do think BLJ's got a valid point. If your expectations are not too great, this may be a fit for you -- if (and that's a huge, Nimitz class if) the survey finds it to be relatively seaworthy.

Without doubt, there's a ton of work and money that'll need to be invested to make her right.
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Re: Terrifying Spencer 42' - Should I buy?

That IS a scary boat. I'm not one to shy away from a boatload of work, but that looks like it'd not be worth the price, at any price, if you actually wanted to go sailing in something any time soon.

I'm almost done a refit on a MUCH smaller fibreglass 28ft boat. Thing was completely gutted and re-done, and it's taken my fiancée and I practically every weekend, and most of our free weeknights over the past 14 months to get it to this point. We've done everything ourselves with guidance and assistance from others. If you intend to get her fixed up yourself, just keep in mind that it will take WAY longer than you think, and a lot more effort than you can imagine at the outset. We've also spent to this point about twice the purchase price on tools, materials, and equipment.

That being said, if you make it past all that, I'm sure the feeling will be amazing when its all done. (I'll let you know when I experience it for myself.)
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Re: Terrifying Spencer 42' - Should I buy?

I like how it looks as if the engine was mounted using random bits of 2x4.
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Re: Terrifying Spencer 42' - Should I buy?

Damn, I can't see the pics from work... Sounds like a treat though!
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Re: Terrifying Spencer 42' - Should I buy?

I would say it MIGHT be a good buy but you do need to get someone who knows his way around wooden boats to check that the hull is sound. I am assuming it is wood from the interior shots.

A professional survey might be worthwhile.

If the hull is OK, the rigging and sails have some life left and it has a running engine then at 7 to 10 k it is a lot of boat.

Get someone with experience to go sailing with you the first few times. It is not rocket science, practice docking somewhere you can't hit other boats as it is harder than sailing.
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Re: Terrifying Spencer 42' - Should I buy?

"Crazy owner finds even more crazy buyer"should be the ad. What kind of outfitting has been done to that "boat"? it's mish mosh of Home Center low budget Items.. Owner is leaving.. he's running fast as he can after someone buys that wreck.

By the way.. never install a water heater over top of a stove... even if it's not gas fired.. the floor is going swell with moisture, the cats will love to wizz in all the corners of the boat because it's smell is already just right for that.

Did you know your not supposed to buy a boat that's in the water if you have no plans to have it pulled and at least inspected? So the engine runs... whoopie..it will be 10 yrs before it ever moves again. But then there's always the dingy...
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Re: Terrifying Spencer 42' - Should I buy?

Scrap her, use the money to buy a boat in better condition.
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