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Old 09-23-2008
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Well

Having owned 6 sailboats 2 of which were new and having had the good fortune of being in and active 19 boat J24 fleet in the 80s i new what i was getting into

I looked at every J24 in the Northeast and past on most of them as they were overpriced because they had a 10000 dollar bottom/keel job OR they were so far gone it was not practical from a time or money standpoint as i really wanted to be sailing it in 2008 NOT 2010

It took well over 100 hours of crazy hard work this spring just to get the boat to were it was safe to put into the water and there is just no way a newbie would have realized the pool hose hacked onto the sink drain would have sunk the boat on a LONG starboard tack

Or realized if they did not put the rudder in there Bridgeport and make the tiller hole round again then went over to there lathe to make a bushing and washers that it would have failed

So i got a boat for with a FULL set of one season race sails and a FULL set of everyday sails a well as and outboard still in the box ,the PO hurt his back and the boat sat in the driveway for 4 years

A J24 friend i made this season bought one of the hulls i had passed on the sails are CRAP the hull has blisters the deck is so bad the stanchions have cracked through it leaving exposed core

The list of FUBAR is so long and his repair skills are so lacking it is a fiasco and to tell you the truth i would have just kept windsurfing or bought a used Laser before i took on that boat



So i really cant understand how you can be so hard on someone who asked advise because i can tell you right now with the missing inboard that boat is going to price OUT OF CONTROL before it ever sees the water
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Hey Sailnetters, Thanks for all the great advise. And for those who thought some of these guys were being a little rough on me it's okay, I can take it.

Well, I'm not going to give up on sailing but I have given up on the C27. It left my shop on a trailer yesterday bound for Southeast Georgia. The gentleman that took it off my hands has plenty of time, money and know how to put back her in the water by spring.

Truthfully, I am thankful for the opportunity to spend a little time with the boat even though it I never seen it float. I learned a lot about the actual space there is in such a vessel as well as a small look into how sail boats are designed and function. I got my money back plus a couple hundred so I'm not out a thing. I look at it as my first lesson in the world of sailing.

For now I'll save my money continue hanging around sailnet.com. Lots to learn here.

Fair winds,

James In Alabama.
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Good to hear James... Let us know when you start looking for a boat of your own...
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Well, I'm not going to give up on sailing but I have given up on the C27. It left my shop on a trailer yesterday bound for Southeast Georgia. The gentleman that took it off my hands has plenty of time, money and know how to put back her in the water by spring.
Sounds like you've done the right thing. I punted on a project boat a couple of years ago. Sold her to a nice old guy who said he wanted one last project before he died. I keep an eye out, hoping someday to see her sail by with a happy old guy at her helm.
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Well at least you didn't lose any money on the deal. It's kinda like the little Newport 16 I had my eyes on. It was only $400 but it needed a LOT of work and I just didn't have the time or the place to fix her up. Turns out someone else on here bought it and is already further then I would have been by spring.
Now I've got my eyes on a US Yachts 25' but it all depends on 1. the wife, and 2. whether I can find a place to keep it.
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Welcome Aboard James..Glad to have you.

I second the Idea of getting out on a boat somehow..It will either hook ya or book ya.
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