My wife and I have purchased our first boat. It is a J24 from 1984. Here is the listing for those who are interested: 198? J Boats J 24 Sloop Sailboat - Boatcan.com
It was listed at $8000 when we came across it. I think it had been for sale for 2 or 3 years. We offered $6000. After the survey found that:
"The hull sighted reasonable for its age, some hairline cracks and the odd nick, no visible blisters and percussive soundings did not reveal any areas suspect of core deterioration or delaminated materials."
Our intention is to sail this on our local lake. We are hoping for a day sailor, and have no plans for over night stays or long voyages. This boat is to get our feet wet and see how we do. We are both white sail 3 qualified sailors. I have additionally taken the basic and intermediate keel boat cruising course with CYA.
My question to the experts is: What now? I realize the boat needs some TLC, and it is my intention to give it to her. The surveyor spoke about a crack in the "forward transverse tabbing above the chain plate and below the deck" This is just under the starboard shroud. I have added a picture for those who are keen.
It is my intention to get someone who knows what they are doing with fiberglass to have a go at it.
Other than this repair I plan on a good cleaning with wax and something to restore some life to the teak trim. Any product suggestions?
Does anyone have any suggestions with respect to an auto furling system for the genoa? I have used these systems before and can't imagine being without one.. I am somewhat surprised to see the price of them.. any thoughts, options?
I have a long winter ahead of me. Any thoughts on what I should be doing to get this thing out of the blocks early next season?
Thanks in advance.