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Old 10-19-2014
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Found a boat we both like

So this past Saturday we went to see our 8th boat. It was our third S2 9.2C only it was a 1985 rather than a 1977. I went with my fiancé and once she climbed aboard she fell in love. Which shocked me since the last S2's she felt cramped in. Not so much with this one. I searched a lot on forums and it appears that the consensus on the S2 9.2C is people either love them or just kind of "eh."

Anyway, she's on the hard and was winterized aprox. one year and three days ago. I only know this because of the tag that was taped on the hatch. The hull had some gelcoat blisters that have been patched. Some of the patch is coming off.
The bottom paint is really thick. Is that from just years and years of paint without sanding? I was not sure.

The bilge has black water. I put my finger in it and rubbed, feels very greasy. I checked out the engine. The bilge pump was off to the side next to the engine which I have to do more reading on because it was not in the actual bilge.

The engine looked clean, there was some more black water with some wires beneath. That scared me a bit.

The head looked good. The tub/shower is odd to me. It does not look very comfortable and reminded me of a documentary on Soviet Union submarines LOL. Not sure exactly how it works, but I am thinking marina shower anyway.

Natural gas stove. I opened up the hanging locker and saw a scuba tank. Then I realized it was the natural gas tank.

REALLY do not like the carpet on the overhead. It was in good shape, just ugly. Was thinking about replacing it, then I looked at the amount of work that would take for what we want to do with the boat and decided not to. From what I read it is glued on really well and then sprayed with mold resistant?

I found where the binnacle is attached, bolts are on pretty tight. That worried me. Not sure why it wiggles.

So I am thinking it will be a good starter boat. What we want to do is really really learn to sail, spend the winter cleaning her up, learn the electrical systems, learn how to maintain a boat, and then down the road buy a larger boat. Plans change, people change, life changes, so we will see.

I like the center cockpit design, I do not love it. She loves it because she loves that aft cabin, and also likes that there is no forward cabin, but rather, just a V berth, no door.

We have a few more boats to check out next weekend, but we may get a survey soon. Thanks
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Re: Found a boat we both like

I REALLY love the 9.2c's. That's what I really wanted when we bought our boat; couldn't find one in our price range, though. Congrats on what will hopefully be a great boat!
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Re: Found a boat we both like

I have sailed two S2's and it is a good little coastal cruiser. Not sure where you are located, NVA? but she is a good Bahamas boat and could easily be worked down Island if you had lots of time.

Any boat that has been on the hard for a year needs a proper in-water survey before you consider buying. Better to spend $500-1,000 on a survey than risk buying a floating disaster!

Good Luck Phil
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Re: Found a boat we both like

I agree. I just took a look at a 41-Morgan Out Island, and while the photos looked OK, physical inspection of the boat revealed a lot of grief. I wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole. Get it surveyed before buying anything.

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