New Boat owner
and already a big fan of these forums.
We took the plunge -- well, at the price we paid, it's really more of a toe dip -- in becoming boat owners. We found a yard owned/owner died/boat has been sitting there for years/bargain of an old Tartan 27 in need of TLC. If you go by the hole in the water boat owning theory, at least our hole starts out shallow, it can deepen later. All we need to do is drive back down to the yard again and get the title. Whee! I really am excited despite the long road ahead.
We go into this purchase eyes wide open that we will never come out ahead money wise and that we have a lot of work ahead of us. We feel it is do-able work for us and have no serious expectations about launching this season.
We are looking at this as a learning experience as much as a boat rehab and I have found these forums invaluable so far in learning what to look for and look at and think about in a (very) used boat.
I'm sure these forums and references gleaned from them will continue to be very useful to us in our fixing up adventures to come.
If your T27 still has the A4 motor in it you will also want to visit the Moyer Marine forums: Moyer Marine Atomic 4 Community - Powered by vBulletin
There is also an Atomic 4 section here at sailnet.
Perhaps you have also found the T27Owners group over at Yahoo?
Check the chain plates on the knee walls inside the cabin. You can drill a small exploratory hole to check for moisture weep from these wood cored knee walls. It may also be worth checking the center board wire pennant.
Good old boats, hard to kill.
She's a 1964, and I didn't find the hull number yet. Hope to next visit.
I have already found the Moyer Marine site for the A4 (and it's there, looking its age) and the T27 Yahoo group and the TartanSailors group, and TONE and... Suffice to say I've nosed about the internet a lot this month. ::grin::
Thanks for the pointers, we will be sure to find the chainplates. Looking forward to the learning experience as I said before.
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