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post #11 of 26 Old 09-23-2008
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dayum, a cat27.. Smack, didcha see that?

ok, engine...
This comes from a Lazy, Broke, AND crippled former Cat27 owner.
(oh yeah, get a survey first)
Oh man - that's funny. I had no idea you were a "C27 Man" like myself. Yeah I noticed - and went through just about everything you mentioned with mine. But it had just been neglected for couple years - not 8. Regardless Salt - you can bring her back unless she's totally busted. And if you do, you'll love her even more.

Bottom line - get her in the water as quickly as you can and take her out - even if you only have a towel as a mainsail. That's the only way you'll stick with it. I remember this one guy that never got the stairs off his beautiful boat...

Anyway - as Giu said, if you don't have the fire in your gut, chuck it and go play dominoes.

PS - CP can also give you some great advice on nubbin waxing and the Purina lines of various chows.

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It can be alot of hard work. Some like the remedial working of doing boat projects (I do to a degree but not when it involves major items like repairing de-lamination etc)...Hence why I gave up on my Catalina and will be probably just giving it away, and bought a new boat to me that had what I wanted to begin with...

Craigslist is your friend - advertise it for free, sell it for 3-4K and use that as the fund to a better maintained boat... Kudos for the post as the first step in doing any major undertaking is to actually be honest with yourself on what your desire and abilities are...

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Salty, I don't want to be as blunt as Alex, but it sounds like you are in the situation you're in because you inherited the boat rather than because you had an interest in sailing.
Fixing up a neglected boat is a difficult enough prospect for someone who is motivated. It's just a form of torture for someone who isn't.

I like the idea of Craigs List. Sell her and pick up something small and ready to go.
You can always move up later if you fall in love with it.

I have seen a lot of people get totally turned off of sailing when they thought they were getting a "good deal" on a boat and then became boatbuilders instead of sailors.
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I gotta a small 8 foot sabot. Wanna trade? lol

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Speaking as someone very new to sailing and currently undertaking a rather large project resurrecting a neglected 31' Columbia, I can offer this advice:

If you don't really want that boat and aren't willing to invest a lot of time and effort, then you'll never finish it.

I'm not even close to being wealthy, and this 31' is taking all the spare time and cash that I have.

Sailboats are members of the family. If you don't think of them as such, then you'll never be able to justify the time, effort and money that they require.

And just like the human family members... they add a wonderful and irreplacable dynamic to the family. If that's not the experience you're looking for, then perhaps owning a sailboat is not for you.

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Cat 27

I bought a catalina 27 that was 5 years on the hard. Mechanicals were good, a bad water pump and jammed macerater pump, a couple of weeks of elbow grease and it was ready to sail. PO did store the sails in a dry varmit free environment and the yard owner had properly winterized the universal 18 and fuel system. Lines are a little dirty but solid. Given the cost of your acquisition if the deck and hull are sound you should get to work or sell. Stop complaining as a lot of guys would love to be in your shoes.
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Stop complaining as a lot of guys would love to be in your shoes.
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Sailing is something we have in our blood and the work involved is a labour of love. I am not rich by any stretch but I really wanted a sailboat and all I could afford was a MacGregor so I bought it brand spanking new. It is still a lot of work and major cost for accessories and it never stops, the time work & money invested I mean. I spend every extra penny and every extra minute I have with with my boat and have absolutely no regrets. You could not find a drug legal or illegal that can do for you what an afternoon on the water with just the sounds of the wind and water will do. The entrance fee is a passion for sailing, the rest is just stuff. If you don't have it in your heart you don't have it at all.
Go charter or rent or bum a day of sailing somewhere to discover what the end result of your efforts will be and decide from there.
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If you're not a sailor, get rid of the boat... if you've never tried sailing, try it before getting rid of the boat...since you might actually be one...and just not know it. Restoring a boat is a labor of love, as is owning one.

If you don't love the boat, don't even bother trying to restore it... all you'll do is botch the restoration and make it that much harder for someone who will love the boat to fix her.

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If you're not a sailor, get rid of the boat... if you've never tried sailing, try it before getting rid of the boat...since you might actually be one...and just not know it. Restoring a boat is a labor of love, as is owning one.
You really should try sailing if you haven't. If your avatar is an indication you must be a pilot, I know quite a few pilots that have become sailors. They really are very similar.

BTW What part of Alabama are you in? I might be able to help get that boat off your hands if that's the route you choose.

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