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Old 04-02-2009
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Well... my offer has been accepted (79 C&C 30) and I'm just waiting for the surveyor to finish up the deal without any major findings... So be prepared to get bombarded with even more new-boat-owner questions...

So my first step is going to be to try and make her bullet proof from the toerail to the tip of the keel. The following is my currently planned to do list. Is there anything else I should be considering that will be difficult or impossible once it's in the water?

1. Inspect all the thru hull fittings & valves and replace any that aren't absolutely 100%
2. Replace old stuffing box packing with drip-less packing
3. Replace rudder post packing
4. Torque Keel bolts to spec and then grind & fill the "C&C smile"
5. Touch up existing bottom paint, which was done just last year
6. Peel off the current name, compound, wax, and buff from the scumline to the toerail

* - I'm thinking about calling her "Titan Uranus"

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Might want to inspect the cutless bearing and the rudder stock, replacing them if necessary. Also, inspect and if necessary replace all the zincs.
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hose it down hard and see where it leaks! And get her out sailing -- enjoy your new treasure.
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You wont know for sure about item #1 until the boat goes in the water. Do a very careful inspection before you haul out next time. Then you will know which ones to work on when you are out.
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If you want the boat to be bullet-proof, immediately sell her again and buy a new one. Still won't be trouble free but at least someone else gets to pay for the repairs for a while.

Face it, when you buy a used boat you're buying one that someone else no longer wants. Mostly that is because they're tired of fixing stuff.

Sorry to be a bit negative but that is the reality of used boats and the on-going maintenance is the consequence of the money you save by buying used.
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If you want the boat to be bullet-proof, immediately sell her again and buy a new one. Still won't be trouble free but at least someone else gets to pay for the repairs for a while.

Face it, when you buy a used boat you're buying one that someone else no longer wants. Mostly that is because they're tired of fixing stuff.

Sorry to be a bit negative but that is the reality of used boats and the on-going maintenance is the consequence of the money you save by buying used.
Gee... If boat ownership is so bleak and miserable, maybe I should just forget buying a boat, tie an anchor around my neck, and just dive off the dock now before the pain begins...

Look... I know it's not going to be perfect, I know it's an ongoing project to keep a boat in working order, and even more so when it's a used boat. But don't suck all the wind out of my sails already.

I just want to make an attempt to clear up the common locations where boats leak. I don't want the bilge pump running all summer for something I could have easily fixed while it was still on jack stands. And everything above the waterline I can start addressing on my evenings and weekends after I get it home since it'll just be floating 50' behind my back door.

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Run the boat in gear to see if there is any vibration.
Check the shaft at the stuffing box and at the cutlass bearing for gouges.
Also check the prop strut for any play.
Wish I did that when I bought my boat.
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Congratulations
Take plenty of photos then when she is hauled out next time you will know if anything has changed.
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