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I just purchased a 1980 - 30' Newport sail boat for $3,000.00 at a bankruptsy auction. I had about 10 minutes to look at it and hear the diesel engine start up and run. Noticed the Sunbrella top canvas was ripped and very dirty. Main sail cover, very dirty. Hull looked pretty good. Motor sounded OK, but I didn't have the opportunity to put it in and out of gear. She was plugged into power at the marina. Didn't turn on lights or other electrical. Didn't test the head. Main sail and jib were on and rolled up. I have limited experience with sailing and used boats. I would like to use it as a live aboard during the work week due to living quite a distance from my work, (marina realatively close to office.) and also sail it. Especially during the spring-summer. Any ideas or suggestions for this sailing rookie will be appreciated.
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If nothing serious wrong shows up in the next while you got a decent deal... did it come with moorage? Does your intended moorage location actually allow liveaboards?

Browse the forums here and elsewhere for tips and techniques, find a good book on how to sail and study that/those to get a handle on the language and the systems.

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Hire a good surveyor and find out what you have bought.

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I found the books by Dan casey on sailboat maintenance to be very helpful. Good luck with your new home/project and of course start with the head !
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Learn EBay you will need it for parts! Have fun exploring; Start with cleanig the boat. Wellcome! Dale

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