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Re: considering a ferro cement boat
Gut instinct says RUN AWAY.
But..... I bought a sinking wooden boat that was for sale after she was donated to a charity and sailed her and lived on her for 8 great years.
Here are my thoughts. If you have the money to buy fiberglass then by God buy fiberglass! I speak from experience here. If, on the other hand, you are really short of coin and this is the only way you can get into the minimum size boat you need, then it might be a good prospect. Consider all funds spent to be a "sunk cost" (oh yes that pun was intended) and you may have to donate her to get rid of her when she's done. Since you know nothing about ferro boats you must assume the worst and be prepared for the consequences. I bought a wooden boat and knew nothing of them and suffered some consequences myself.
What do you want her for? Are there any glass boats in your price range that can do what you want? If your choice is between a 27ft Catalina that will fit the bill, or this boat which seems like "more boat for the money" then go with the Catalina. If this is the only way you'll get a liveaboard/cruiser for your funds then maybe its a good idea.
Buy glass if you can. If you can't, then proceed with caution....
MedSailor (Recovering wooden boat owner)
I have a sauna on my boat, therefore I win.
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