You can e-slap me for asking the obvious if you like....and I'm not trying to rub anything in......but did you have a marine surveyor go over the boat prior to purchase? I know 6500 isn't a mega-yacht purchase, and I'm not sure what a survey would cost on that size purchase?
I'm putting feelers out for a boat in that range towards the end of this sailing season, and your story makes me think no matter what the cost, a survey is in order. Any thoughts or advice in retrospect?
I didn't have a survey. It was only a little money, I paid cash, I'm a good mechanic, what could go wrong? HA HA HA HA HA!
When I pulled her out of the water to do the keel I expected to be back in for the next season a little late. Then my company sent me out to a job in California in the spring. I got stuck there working 12-15 hours a day for 49 days. Then last spring some paint stripper destroyed a large area of gelcoat in the spring, right before it got REALLY hot.
Had I known the boat wasn't going to get done in one off season I had several options that would have been cheaper than what I spent now. I could of simply paid say 5 to 10 grand and had the yard fix it, and go sailing.
I could have paid about $1200 and had it trucked to my house. That would have cut off the yard bills, and eliminated a 2 hour round trip. Then I could have worked on it a few hours each night. Back in 1980 I had a Hunter 27 that I redid the interior on. Then I owned a large truck and built a trailer to bring it home. I'd come home from work and go out in the boat. My wife would tap on the hull when dinner was ready, and I'd work until dark. I got a lot done at low cost.
By the way this is my second bad boat. I also had a Catalina 22 I bought as a basket case. I put over $5,000 and 5 years in it and had it almost done. Then I lost my job when my employer got sued and closed. I wound up selling it for $1,000 because it was in a barn that had just been sold by a friend, and suddenly I was paying rent too.
Gary H. Lucas