I spent five years “or so” studying all things maintenance related on sail boats before I went looking for a free boat. I was land locked in Atlanta suburbs for 25 years and came up with the plan. It was 3 stages.
1) Move to the coast
2) Find an abandoned sailboat. Not just a boat but one with a good reputation.
3) Take it from the owner by legal means.
4) Bring it back to life.
But the #1 part of the plan was to do a good survey. To do a good survey, I had to learn about the boat its construction, its flaws and the like. So I studied. I even I even went to Lake Lainer and traded labor for sailing lesions with the Lord Nelson charter company to learn the maintenance.
For example on the C&C30MK1 there were a few things I was warned about.
1) Balsa cored deck, Water intrusion and soft spots. I found no such intrusion after tapping and moisture checks,
2) wood mast steep in the forward bilge, (soggy, rotten) Mine was on a aluminum plate.
3) Toe rail leaking. Maintenance item. It needed it tighten and had rotted some teak in the locker above the stove. I repaired it and tightened the toe rail. Leak stopped
I have seen others get in way over their heads picking out the wrong boat for this kind of project. I tell people that want my advise in the topic that first and foremost they must ask the questions and do the “MATH” on every part of the project before you purchase the boat. There is a lot to look at. A guy just looking into it may think? “It floats, it’s got an engine and a head sail and a main. Not much rotting wood on the deck. Good price. I can do some of the work. “I’ll take it! When the inspection of just the big ticket items were over looked or not inspected well. Like
Blisters on the bottom
Just to name a few. I in-turn, Looked the boats over real good before I made any kind of action to get it. I also took my fishing boat and went from Edisto River to the Tybee-roads at Savannah River and had looked at ever moored derelict vessel. This C&C 30MK1 was the best choice and in the middle of the line of dilapidation. So I took a shot at finding the owner on my own before filing the papers with the court. So yea there is a lot of bad choices being made. But if one wants to do anything in life “Well” then he only needs to learn before he spends his money. I loved the whole process. We sailed today. What a great boat here is a photo of today.