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08-16-2012 02:10 AM
chrisncate
Re: Alburg 30 questions

Many boats will have variances in production quality when they are hand laid, and this one looks thin right there where the light shines through. It's probably fine, as "new" boats are often thin like this all over.

The thing here that would bother me is the fact that many (most?) A-30's weren't thin or known for "thin spots", and A-30's didn't rely on engineering to compensate for brute glass strength like newer boats do.

The good news is this is easily fixed - just add epoxy and glass. The boat is solid, even if some spots are thin. You say he is asking 10k? Bring 2.5k in cash and make an offer of 2k and work northward up to the 2.5k, and be ready to take possession if he bites.

It's what I'd try if I was willing to buy the boat. From the looks of it and in this buyers market, 10k is ludicrous.
08-16-2012 01:35 AM
champlain94
Alburg 30 questions

Chris. The Alberg 30 I looked at a couple weeks ago didn't have light visible along the hull to deck joint like the more expensive, nicer one I looked at today. Is this a major problem you think. Did they get lazy at the factory on this one you think? I wonder if where the light is coming through that the fiberglass is thinner or that the boat just lacks paint along there and that's letting the light through.
08-15-2012 11:46 PM
chrisncate
Re: Alburg 30 questions

Look for through hulls that are through bolted:



That "nut" design that doesn't bolt through (or god forbid a gate valve) are bad news.
08-15-2012 11:44 PM
Cruiser2B
Re: Alburg 30 questions

Quote:
Originally Posted by champlain94 View Post
Yes the one I looked at today. I am pretty sure has newer bolts through the chainplates. I don't know if the chainplates are new but I am
Sure the bolts aren't original the round screw head bolts are from
A major fixer upper I looked at a couple weeks ago
Now I am confused......Not really, i thought that second chsinplate was of the boat in the post. Either way upgrading bolts on chainplates and bolts are a good idea. I used 7/16 bolts when put new chainplates in last year....you may also want to check out http://plasticclassicforum.com/forum this site is a good source of info and sometimes used classic boats. A real nice pearson triton yawl sold there for 5900 a month or so ago. it was in very good shape with many areas refit and upgraded.
08-15-2012 11:23 PM
chrisncate
Re: Alburg 30 questions

Well, you're doing the right thing by posting pics and asking. I'm not trying to discourage you at all, I hope to help

The reason I know there are so many good boats out there is that I look almost everyday since I sold my boat. I feel like I got pretty lucky selling a motorless boat with no electrical in such a buyers market...
08-15-2012 11:15 PM
champlain94
Alburg 30 questions

Yes the one I looked at today. I am pretty sure has newer bolts through the chainplates. I don't know if the chainplates are new but I am
Sure the bolts aren't original the round screw head bolts are from
A major fixer upper I looked at a couple weeks ago
08-15-2012 11:14 PM
chrisncate
Re: Alburg 30 questions

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cruiser2B View Post
I usually dont disagree with you and maybe they are stock but heres a pic of mine which were machine bolts with rounded sloted heads, the ones in pic have a hex head and appear to be 5/16 or 3/8. According to the Alberg site 1/4 machine screws were used and upgrading to 5/16 is sufficient. It wasn't for me as I used 7/16. I do agree that either way being that they are painted they should be removed and inspected along with chainplates.
5/16th is too small imo. you don't want any movement, ever. Mine with hefty 5/8th bolts (3/4" heads on those suckers), the backing plates are G-10:




Old vs new cp's when I was making them:
08-15-2012 11:10 PM
Cruiser2B
Re: Alburg 30 questions

Yep....thems is original.... the first pic you posted looked like hex heads...so i stand corrected, sorry CnC
08-15-2012 11:05 PM
champlain94
Alburg 30 questions

I want to stay in the NC SC area. I will have to motor down the waterway with little experience. And around $10g is the max I want to initially spend. I know that's asking a lot but what I do have is time. I'm in no hurry. There are a lot of sailboats out there. It's a buyers market. But I have a lot to learn. That's why I'm here posting pics and asking. Here's a picture of the last A30 chainplates I looked at

08-15-2012 11:00 PM
chrisncate
Re: Alburg 30 questions

I have been seeing some tight boats out there for 10 to 15k, do you have any other candidates? Are you limited to a local selection or can you travel a few states away?
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