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Hi everyone!

I am (hopefully) about to purchase my very first sailboat: a 1948 40' motorsailer, made of Port Orford cedar. It needs a lot of work, but it's work I'm willing to do, provided she's not irredeemably rotted. She hasn't been out of the water in four years, and her keel bolts are shot, but I am hoping that the quality of the wood has prevented too much rot and worm damage.

There seem to be a lot of experienced DIYers on here, so hopefully you won't mind if I ask for advice from time to time.

Comments, questions, and cries of "newbie, you are in over your head!" are all welcome.

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Hey Bone - welcome to SN dude. You should look up CharlieCobras "Oh Joy Resto" threads. He's currently doing an incredible job of rebuilding a woodie. He's a great guy and will give you some good advice.


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Welcome aboard! Get a survey. Glad to see someone who is living their dream! Get a survey. Roll up your sleeves, grab your tools and prepare to get your hands dirty, whilst grinning like a blithering idiot! Get a survey. This thread is worthless without pics! Get a survey.
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Thanks for the tip, Smackdaddy. That's an impressive rebuild he's got there!

I'll post some pictures of the boat I'm looking at buying and some of her history after I go see her on Sunday, and maybe ask a few questions about getting her back into condition.
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Bljones -- Thanks for the welcome! I am definitely getting a survey, and probably a diver as well to look at the bottom . Detailed pics coming soon!
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This was so sad. The ad was very optimistic about the extent of the damage and estimated repair costs. This is close to an $80,000 job, maybe even more. So now this once beautiful boat is chained to the docks in Oakland waiting to be put on the block for a lien sale. This boat needs a professional shipwright with a lot of free time and money, and as much as I would love to sail this boat, she is not for me.

Here are the pics.

If anyone is interested in going to the lien sale to salvage her for parts, let me know and I'll try to find out more info for you.
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Yes you would need to work full time on that one! Oddly enough all the pics you took of were the topsides. I didn't see any of the deep insides of the boat. timbers (ribs) bottom planking, etc. It would be customary to remove all the topsides, decks and more to get to the hull itself. More then the weekend DIYer, would want to do without loosing interest.
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