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New boat sea trial

I just bought an '83 O'Day 34' (and am selling a '69 Ericson 30']. You might enjoy this story of the sea trial.

We took her out with the boat owner and the broker (a boat mechanic also). We were running the Universal engine and hoisted the sails and kept the engine running. I took over the helm and no sooner had felt the wind catch the sails when "smoke" came pouring out of the cabin. The broker jumped down into the cabin and yelled at me to kill the engine [it took me a moment since I was unfamiliar with a diesel engine]. The "smoke" was actually hot water vapor since one of the hoses had popped loose. We weren't sure that the engine was not damaged so called Vessel Assist to tow us back into the marina. The owner was mortified and explained some engine work had been done by a qualified mechanic recently [and he had put an unsafe hose clamp on the hose].

The end of the story is that I had my mechanic go thru the engine and there were several problems including injectors. I negociated an engine overhaul splitting the cost with the owner incorporated into the purchase price and bought the boat and am happy with it.

So...one should ALWAYS get a survey and have a sea trial before buying. To look at the boat she looks cherry and in great repair. So much for looks!
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Did the highly qualified mechanic look anything like this?

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