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04-04-2010 10:02 AM
Jim H
Originally Posted by PaulinVictoria View Post
Now of course the question is, sea trial before the survey, or after?
I would go for the sea trial first, and then the survey, in case the engine/drive train makes any funky noises, blows smoke, etc. Also, if there are unusual things you notice, like water around the base of the rudder stock, etc. Jams in the running rigging.. Make these notes during the sea trial, and then ask the surveyor about them during the actual survey.

Good luck on all this-- I would still go for the C&C 24 if it is viable. If it is a '79, that is post George Hinterhoeller (he was with them until '76), so be sure about build quality. Ours was a '73.

Also, there will always be another right boat, so don't feel bad about taking a pass. The other good thing about taking the sea trial first is that you get to experience the boat for future reference, if it doesn't work out.
04-03-2010 09:28 PM
bljones Dude, some of us live aboard and alone by choice, and then there are those of us who go out of their way to eliminate all other options.

If you think a pre-purchase survey would have saved you money, just consider the cost of decommissioning.
04-03-2010 09:15 PM
PaulinVictoria If only I could of had a pre-purchase survey on the Admiral, would have saved me a packet.

I hope she never reads this forum or I may find myself buried at sea, alive.
04-03-2010 09:04 PM
bljones Good attitude, paul.
04-03-2010 09:02 PM
PaulinVictoria You may well be right, and it's going to cost me a few hundred dollars to find out one way or the other but at the moment as far as my untrained eyes can see, it's not bad. If the survey isn't good, I walk away, plenty more fish in the sea.
04-03-2010 08:55 PM
bljones survey first. The water in the bilge worries me, and I have a sinking feeling about the amount of wet core you are going to find.
04-03-2010 08:52 PM
PaulinVictoria Now of course the question is, sea trial before the survey, or after?
04-03-2010 08:42 PM
Faster Aaaaright!!!!
04-03-2010 08:19 PM
PaulinVictoria The offer has been accepted, subject to survey and a sea trial. So, assuming they go well, I should be out on the ocean soon. Watch out mariners
04-03-2010 07:25 PM
PaulinVictoria It's been the best one I've looked at so far. If I'm looking for the perfect one, well, I need to win the lottery or accept the fact that I'm going to be spending the next ten years looking for a boat rather than sailing one
If the guy accepts my offer then I will get it surveyed and see where I go from there. At worst I've spent a few hundred bucks for nothing.
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