Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Missoula, MT
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Greetings! Pleased to be here!
My 'sailing experience' goes back to the 60's as a "squid" in the U.S. Navy.
My sailboating tenure has been just 6 years.......it took me a while to realize this was more fun than wheeled things.
I have been crewing with a retired college professor who is an adamant skipper and dear friend, has a '81, 26 foot Pearson which is very clean and well-maintained.He is 71, and I'm 64. We jokingly refer to ourselves as the "Geezer Gang"! We sail Flathead Lake out of Dayton, Montana.
My association with the professor got me crazy for my own boat, which I found in April...........bank repo that no one had a clue about.Looked good, Maybe too good! Definitely a fixer-upper.
As you can expect, this once-elegant lady needs a rescue. We spent 1/2 a day surveying and documenting her "issues" to work up a bid for the repo case guy-they wanted 4500.
Three pages of details for restoral must have schooled 'em. They even whined in the email response.The estimated cost to restore to "good" was 6-7K$$. Thinking that our labor is worth about 5 cents/hour- the money will be materials and custom fairing out of our DIY capacities. We offered $2250, they countered and moaned for $2800. I caved; less beer money, more boat expenses. Oh boy, what have I done?
The "Puffin" was built in '81 by Brunswick/Bayliner known as U S Yacht company LOA 27', 6250 lbs gvw, 9 1/2 ' beam. The boat,trailer and motor were part of the "deal". The bid went down for more than I wanted to pay-however my friend said if I didn't buy it, he would, for use as a guest house next to his home. It's fixable and if things go my way.... I have $2,800 bucks in this thing.And spare parts, and missing parts as well. Rebuilt the 28' trailer and can't find anyone nuts over a '80 Volvo-Penta MB2/50s sail-drive unit.
Somebody out there must have a "copy" of this boat?!?! I thought I saw a fellow in Kansas with US27 in his moniker, so I figured- hey!