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|03-29-2010 08:45 PM|
Originally Posted by MarkCK View Post
|03-29-2010 07:57 PM|
The work and the money thing seems to be a never ending process. I found that out the hard way this spring. I revarnished the tiller and bought a new mainsail cover. Which led me to think I needed a new cove strip to match the color of the mainsail cover, which also led to a new tiller cover to protect the new varnish job on the tiller. Of course the new varnish on the tiller led me to construct new hatch boards out of wood instead of plexiglass because it looks prettier. Then all my other brightwork started to look tired because of the how nice the tiller and hatchboards looked, so its in the process of being redone. Hopefully I am at a stopping point once I am done.
I wonder if anyone ever gets to the point where they are completely happy with the way things are.
|03-29-2010 11:56 AM|
Not long, and not much compared to most "contemplation boats".
$1k for the new main
$200 for a used Avon Redcrest inflatable dinghy
$170 for the boom cover I'll be buying today.
$50 for a set of brand-new genoa cars that my neighbor can't use.
$150 for the USBoat unlimited towing service.
Some hundreds for:
New fuse block and sundry electrical items, switches, etc.
New bilge pump(s) and associated discharge hose
New VHF antenna
New running rigging and mooring lines, various shackles
Harnesses and tethers
Most of it was just sweat equity. I'm am vividly aware that my situation isn't typical and that I was extremely lucky considering that I didn't know some of the key problem areas to inspect until AFTER I bought the boat. (Duh)
Also, the previous owner left me with a nearly new outboard and piles of spares, tools and hardware which has definitely reduced my expenses. I also own a full complement of tools, my boat is kept 5 minutes' walking distance from my house and berthing for it is dirt-cheap. Only a perfect convergence of circumstances has enabled me to enter the world of sailing so relatively painlessly.
Fuse block and re-wire: One weekend
Bilge pump and discharge: One weekend
Srubbing/cleaning: Two afternoons
VHF antenna: One morning
Rigging inspection/Running rigging replacement: About 3 days
An indeterminate amount of time driving around for parts.
I still have plenty of work to do and money to spend though!
|03-29-2010 10:58 AM|
Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
Just a curiousity question. How many hours did it take you to get it to the state that it is in now?
|03-27-2010 09:23 PM|
Bought my '69 Coronado 25. Passed up an '80-ish Hunter 22 for it. (I must be sick). Anyway, the Co25 was swinging from a mooring ball, obviously neglected for many months. The cockpit was FULL of water. The bilge was full to the cabin sole. The scuppers were clogged with bird crap and seeds. The boom cover was ragged and torn, barely covering the 40 year old, original main and the electrical system was pure spaghetti.
A clean, new main. The deck and sole are scrubbed clean, the wood work oiled and clean, the electrical system completely re-worked and the boat is dry as a bone.
|03-27-2010 06:28 PM|
I bought a Grampian 23 last year for $300. My purpose was that I had taken up drinking rum and thought the sailboat would add a certain ambiance. It works perfectly well, thank you. So, see? There are perfectly logical reasons for buying forlorn, old boats.
As an unexpected bonus, after investing many, many pounds of elbow grease the boat sails very well.
|03-27-2010 05:35 PM|
Originally Posted by bljones View Post
|03-27-2010 05:28 PM|
I only bought one boat that didn't float. A 35' Dickerson ketch at auction for $500. Having another boat, (that needed attention to keep sailing) a job and a girlfriend, I never did much to her. In the end I broke her up.
There are some neglected classic motorboats that I admire.
|03-27-2010 02:11 PM|
|TQA||There is a wooden International Dragon in a yard on the French side of St Maarten and it is just starting to look a little lumpy.|
|03-26-2010 11:00 PM|
Been There, Done That, Never Again!
I'd gladly post pictures (before and after) but for some reason I cannot make it work. Anyway...
I gave up sailing almost completely for 12 years. Yes, time does fly by. At some point I had a chance to step back; it was then that I realized I was missing something that had become important to me long ago. Sailing was not simply a sport to me. It had been a total experience. And so, I decided to get a boat of my own. But I had been away from it for so long, I foolishly got involved in an unfinished boat that was located hundreds of miles away. Even after bringing it to the Annapolis area this project turned into a rather lengthy ordeal, taking all my time. Friends said to me, just think of all that you learned. My reply was, invariably, who says I wanted to know?(!) Boat building and sailing, I learned the hard way, are two totally different things. But I kept at it.
I finally launched it in September 2007 -- more than three years later. It's interesting how all those hours working on the boat gently fade from memory. Now, I just feel a certain sense of satisfaction. And tending to the boat, as it swings on its mooring, is quite pleasurable. With the newly found free time, once in a while I attended a sailor's event/gathering. When asked if I have a boat I simply answer in a near whisper, "Yes, a project catamaran." Oftentimes the response is immediate: "Not Hot Mustard?" After a little sigh I nodd yes.
I've met some great folks that way, all because of the perpetual project. Still, speaking from experience, I suggest you ogle that lovely derelict to your heart's content. Next, smack your face hard enough to come back to reality. Then walk, uh no, RUN away -- as fast as you can! Finally, find yourself a quiet place and repeat 100 times "Only turn key for me, Only turn key for me, Only...."
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