Join Date: May 2013
Location: glen burnie, md
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Re: "Free boat" seaworthiness
it's done. I made a decision. we went to several marinas, today, before going to look at the boat again. I saw two boats I know were for sale. one was a tartan 28. very nice the only thing it needs is the inside needs cleaned; not from being underwater but from lax house keeping. not everyone keeps their vessel ship shape and Bristol fashion. $2800 but the owner may be willing to dicker. not a bad price but out of my range, unless he's willing to do a lay away plan over the winter. lol.
the other boat was an oday. I think an oday 28. don't know what they want.
there were two, though, that I really liked. a seafarer, like the one Denise was checking on for me. the paint wasn't as nice but the boat looked good. I am going to call the marina and see if it's for sale. it's apparently been on jacks for some time. the registration sticker was for 07.
the other boat was an Irwin. not sure the model. full, shallow keel. maybe 30 feet. the sticker was for 09. it needs paint. going to call about that, too. not sure if the last two were for sale, yet.
looking at the boat with the rose colored glasses and checking it with a fine tooth comb, I found a few more soft spots in the deck. and I was looking at all those barnacles inside and out. it's too much. I didn't want that to be the case, but I have o be realistic. it's too bad they killed that boat. at one time, it was really nice. if I could have taken the mast and boom I would have. it had roller furling on the main. there was a crank on the front of the mast and you just wind the sale down around the boom and hook up the new tack and clew. sweet. a real shame.
anyhow, I got a lot of stuff. took a bit of work though. I got:
3 winches. I would have taken the 4th but it was too fouled with barnacles to be worth the hard work it took to remove the winches.
I got 3 really nice harken carbon fiber racing blocks. also got a hand full of other blocks.
I got a swivel block with a cam cleat on it.
I got the main sail and it's cover.
I got a bunch of nice shackles, of various kinds. some of them would really be pricy to buy.
I got a Danforth anchor a bit heavier than the one on my holiday.
I got a handful of other mounting hardware.
I got the bow and stern rails.
I got a two burner alcohol stove. one of the flame adjusting wheels is cracked but that's going to be easy to replace and I doubt it will cost much.
there were a few clam cleats I tried to take but they wouldn't come off and it wasn't worth the work chiseling through the thick fiberglass mounting point, so I let them go.
so that's it, for now. I am going to fix my trailer and sail the holiday on the bay and keep my eyes open. i'll call about those other boats but I doubt they will be cheap boats, but you never know.
thanks, again, to all those who took the time to give me advice and things to consider. this was a big learning process and, if nothing else, I know what course I should sail, in the future.
Last edited by captain jack; 11-03-2013 at 08:58 PM.