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American Mariner?

I'm going to take a look at at 22' American Mariner, 1977 this weekend. I can only find a few things about them online and I was looking to see if anyone has any personal experience with them?

It's free (I'd be taking over the dock fees, registration and insurance), needs a little work on the engine (the carburetors get a little gunked up if it's not used for a while), has two-year-old sails that have been used three times.

There is a surveryor associate in Las Vegas (the boat is in Lake Mead, about thrity minutes out of town), does it matter if a surveyor is accredited by SAMS? Would a surveyor give a list of everything wrong on the boat, or just recommend yea or nay on a purchase (seeing as I wouldn't be paying anything for the boat).

Sorry if these questions have been asked and answered before, but I couldn't find the answers through the search. Right now I'm thinking I should just do it, because it's a good place to learn-- and eventually I'll need to be able to do repairs myself, up to and including rebuilding an engine. . .
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do a search for reinell sailboats they were made from same moulds and same tooling's. will give you better idea

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Rich....I say go for it...And Enjoy it...Not alot of places to Sail around Vegas but Lake Mead...Should be able to find a couple of more experienced sailors hanging around the marina you can ask to look over your "New" boat...I lived in Vegas for 4 years and never once got to say...Why don't we take a trip out to Lake Mead and hang out on my boat....Chicks Dig It!!!
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Re: American Mariner?

We purchased a 1977 23' American Mariner last spring. After a couple of months of refit, we felt it was sailable. We are located in southwest Missouri so our access to water consists of a small lake where we splashed it to check it out for the first time. After that it was Stockton Lake for us which is the largest body of water near us. It's a 2 hour drive so we make a three or four day weekend out of each time we sailed this summer and fall. This is the first time I've sailed in 40 years and I'm happy with my choice of boat for re-entry into sailing. It sails very forgiving and does nothing that leaves you with any feelings of unsettledness. Please keep in mind though, the strongest winds we've sailed in were 10 knots. As for future plans, we plan on updating a few more items and then hit the navigable rivers where total time on water won't exceed 10 days or so. Our future plans are to keep learning sailing in this boat for two more years. In a couple of years I'll be fully retired and we are already looking at sailing the loop but in a little larger sailboat. Just mark us as satisfied and happy American Mariner sailors.
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SAMS is one certifying organization for boat surveyors. There are some others. Based on my research SAMS is one of the largest.

I have heard people on here describe the boat surveys that they have had done and they vary greatly in quality and depth of examination. Some people have described surveys that have taken anywhere from a couple of hours to half a day. Some people have told stories on here about having a survey done and being amazed at how little time the surveyor took and later finding problems that were missed.

People have suggested that you can request a sample of one of their past surveys. When I finally buy, I have decided that I will most likely look for a SAMS recommended surveyor from the SAMS website.

I am guessing that the boat either has a moveable centerboard(s) or bolted on keel. You would certainly want all of the mechanics inspected to make sure something doesn't fall off.

I got a nearly free boat, a 16 foot sailing dinghy with 2 swing down center boards. I have found out that I am probably going to have to do some fiberglass repair on the port centerboard housing around the centerboard control lever and pivot mounting point.
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