Join Date: May 2013
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i found a better boat
on craigslist, here in Baltimore, I found another boat, one that I can actually hope to get fixed up. I will start with the boat's story.
it's a 1971 cal 27. it was owned by an old guy who lived aboard. a few years ago, the marina changed hands and the new owners, who cleaned the marina up, decided on no live aboards. so, the guy moved out and just stopped paying for his slip. it sat on the water for a few years. they had tried to get it off the lean dock, pricing it at $2800. it didn't sell. so, they advertised it for $500.
after looking at it, I asked if they'd take less. the guy immediately said they'd take $300. he really doesn't want to just scrap it out. if I bought it, i'd be able to keep it there and work on it. $180 a month. then, when ready, I could have it hauled at the marina next door ( I went and asked them ) for a week. that would cost $270; hauled and launched.
now, the boat:
it needs some work. the interior needs the most. the interior paint needs scraped and redone. it needs cushions. it's not overly dirty, inside, but a bit of clean up will need done. there are barnacles under the water, to scrape, but no where else. the boat has never been under water and it doesn't leak. the bilge is bone dry. the main hatch needs replaced. one safety rail needs replaced. a little cabinetry needs done, inside. the head is missing but the old guy, who showed me the boat, said he had one in the shop he'd give me.
the mast and all the standing rigging is good. the deck is solid as a rock. I purposely walked over every bit of it and checked it out from below. one port light is broken. looks like a thrown rock is the culprit. the bottom paint needs redone. all of the rest of the paint is fine. the hull paint is a little oxidized but a bit of buffing should polish that gel coat right back up.
no motor. but I am going to look at an electric outboard with 55 lbs of thrust, tomorrow. the guy wants $100 obo.
the tiller is weather worn but solid. i'd make a new one just for cosmetic sake.
wen doing the cabinetry work, I would need to make a new set of access way steps. the originals are missing.
hmmm that's about it. the cabin isn't standing head room. it's a bit shy of that but it does have a pop top, although the supports for that seem to be missing.
it has a main, jib, and spinnaker. they do have the spinnaker pole, too. he also has a bunch of other random sails they have stored in the shop that were from other boats that got abandoned. they will give them to me. so, I could take the entire lot of sails to a nearby sail maker and try to make a deal on a better main, working jib, and jenny. I am thinking it might be good to invest in roller furling so, maybe I wouldn't need an actual working jib, just a newer jenny.
now, just to clarify, the sails it has are fine. obviously older but not bad. I am just thinking that I could trade them all for a better main and jib. not too worried about a spinnaker. I was thinking of adding another stay to the front and having a second jib, for light airs. then i'd want a main, jenny, and a working jib. but it's just a thought, at this point.
all together, this boat's worst issue is the barnacles below the water. all else is cosmetic. so, here are the pics, what do you guys think?