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04-09-2013 04:12 PM
Re: newbe question about freshwater tanks

Originally Posted by krisscross View Post
Reinell 26 has some fans. The boat is not a total dog but I would not call her pretty.......
The hull is actually a Gary Mull design and ought to be similar to the California Ranger 26.. but the deck and, I think, the execution is sup par, esp the finish materials used below (IIRC a mohair style of headliner.. carpet everywhere (agree with miataPaul about that).. again, better boats are easily available, ultimately cheaper than what this one is likely to end up at.
04-09-2013 04:01 PM
Alex W
Re: newbe question about freshwater tanks

If the boat requires new bulkheads then there is a fair investment and work effort before you can even sail it. Not having a good interior will make it harder to sell when you out grow it. Those are good reasons to look for a better boat.

"Free" boats rarely seem to be really free. I think most are probably more expensive than decently cared for but simple $5000 boats.
04-09-2013 03:53 PM
Re: newbe question about freshwater tanks

Reinell 26 has some fans. The boat is not a total dog but I would not call her pretty...
If it is in a decent shape overall, why not keep her and get a feel for sailing that size boat. just don't sink too much money in it.
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04-09-2013 03:51 PM
Re: newbe question about freshwater tanks

If you do get it, I would not use carpet on the floor. I would even use the most slip resistant vinyl tile I could find before using carpet, as it is just a mold factory in a boat.
04-09-2013 02:21 PM
Re: newbe question about freshwater tanks

Donít get us wrong. We want you to pursue your dreams of sailing. Thatís what we are all about. We just want you to get a boat that will serve you well. Remember a faulty first boat can become your last boat
04-09-2013 01:53 PM
Alex W
Re: newbe question about freshwater tanks

How clean is the lake water? A filter will remove biological contaminants, but it won't remove hydrocarbons (fuel) or pesticides. I filter a lot of water from back-country ponds and lakes, but typically won't filter from large bodies of water with lots of motor traffic and runoff.

If the water is safe after filtering then I'd recommend a gravity filter (MSR and Platypus make good ones). They will filter about a gallon of water in 5 minutes with no work on your part. A pump style backpacking filter is slightly smaller but will filter a gallon of water with 5 minutes of continuous pumping.
04-09-2013 01:33 PM
Re: newbe question about freshwater tanks

For $800 you can low ball someone and get a fair-condition, ready to sail 22-25' sailboat that has a better reputation and doesn't look so weird.

To each their own, though. Good luck - I'd keep the water tank if you get the boat, it doesn't hurt anything being there and empty, and people like to wash their hands with fresh(ish) water more than lake water.
04-09-2013 01:32 PM
Re: newbe question about freshwater tanks

Have you looked at the NADA/BoatUS listing on the value of the boat, and have you priced out the cost of the repairs you must undertake? I suspect that the cost of the repairs will far exceed the value of the boat once repaired.
04-09-2013 01:18 PM
Skipper Jer
Re: newbe question about freshwater tanks

Oh, a 1976 reinnall 26 foot, hopefully on a trailer that has good tires and springs.
Well, good luck and welcome to Sailnet.
04-09-2013 01:15 PM
Re: newbe question about freshwater tanks

I'd walk... these are not good boats, and taking on that kind of issue is not necessary in today's market.

Unless you're truly hankering for a project, you'll be out a lot more than $800 and still have a boat that's not worth much at all...
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