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I didn't just muddle in, I dove in. Mind you, I took 6 months but thanks to the ol' internet and a couple of lifelong sailors, I found myself a 36 foot Hunter which I and my gal fell in love with.
Now that I've bought it, I'm excited and nervous. It's like a first date all over but I'm back at the teenage stage where I thought I knew more than I really did.
It has been helpful here going through the threads, both positive for the encouragement and negative which gave me pause.
Hopefully, I'll have custody of the boat within two weeks. Look forward to being a part of the sailing community.
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Congrats... what year/era Hunter did you get?

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Re: So I'm buying this boat....

Neat, you'll have lots of fun with that Hunter.

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This thread is useless without pictures to drool over. JUST saying.

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Re: So I'm buying this boat....

It's 2004 and the only shots I have are from the listing. The Survey Inspection is the 17th and believe me, I'll have photos on that date. I've been out on the boat but wanted to just take it in and not take shots. Plus I was a bit overwhelmed with exactly how much is on a boat of this size. I've sailed 22 footers (catalinas) and also did a couple of weeks over in the Med off the Greek Isles back in the 80s.
Thanks for the well wishes!
One more reason to be retired from the Navy, Marinas are accessable and cheap on em. I'm going to start off at NAS jax and then move to St. Augustine after a bit.
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Re: So I'm buying this boat....

If you havenít had a survey yet, surely you havenít actually bought it yet?
If thatís the case, I would suggest you keep your enthusiasm in check, and think very objectively about the results.
Sorry to sound like a wet blanket, but there is a saying, ďThe best times with a boat are the day you buy it, and the day you sell it.Ē
If the survey is good, then go ahead. But if it isnít, walk. There are plenty of other boats out there.

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Re: So I'm buying this boat....

Sounds like you've put earnest money down on the boat with the intent to buy, provided the survey is to everyone's satisfaction. If you don't know (and others can chime in who have more experience with this), if the survey shows something is broken or not in the condition that the broker or owner had said it would be when you were considering the boat, then you can renegotiate to either have them fix it or take a certain amount off the sale price. If you are buying the boat on credit, the value the surveyor gives in the report might also affect whether the bank is willing to loan you the amount you had agreed to buy it for, so you might have to come up with a larger down payment. If something is really bad, like spongy deck, evidence of hard grounding on keel, etc., then you might just want to walk away. You should be able to get all the earnest money back, but you would lose the money you paid for the surveyor and for the haul out. But better that than buy a boat with serious issues...

Oh, and boat surveyors might take a quick look at the engine or rigging, but it's my understanding that they don't do a close inspection of these things. I paid for an engine survey, but it was still only a cursory inspection and I wasn't very happy with it though the engine has turned out to be good. Luck was with me.

Good luck to you!! It does seem to be the kind of thing that you just have to jump in with both feet and hope for the best. Send pics

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Hopefully, I'll have custody of the boat within two weeks. Look forward to being a part of the sailing community.
Congrats! A 2004 Hunter 36 should be a fun comfortable little boat to sail around on.

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All correct on the purchase being contingent on the Survey going ok. Yes it's being pulled out after we first do a test sail/run on it. Even though it had a survey done in May, I'm doing another one cause, well anything can happen in 5 months/6 months.
We are prepared to walk or renegotiate as the case may be, but I'm also prepared to break out the bubbly. Especially as it's the happiest day until she is sold(so yeah, I've heard that one too, as well as Break Out Another Thousand).
We shall see shortly but can't wait to have her and start sailing the St. Johns river to begin with and then off the coast after I get her over to St. Augustine. That begs a question.
Anyone take the ASA classes from Commanche Cove or anywhere else. They charge 595.00 but I'd rather know more than less so I'm going to end up taking them over the next year.
Again, thanks for the words of advice.
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