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2 Weeks Ago 02:47 PM
seaner97
Re: What and How to learn a boat's history?

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Originally Posted by miatapaul View Post
It is worth doing a Google search by the boats name and make. Lots of folks keep blogs and post on sites like this. So you might see issues such as persistent engine trouble or what not. But given the number of boats vs the membership here it is still a shot in the dark.
Done. And my maintenance records for the POs are ... spotty... at best.
I know she was originally ENOCH ARDEN out of the factory in 1968, but to whom is a mystery. And I've got the two prior owners from 1993-2011 when I took her on. But it'd be fun to know the rest.
2 Weeks Ago 03:33 PM
miatapaul
Re: What and How to learn a boat's history?

It is worth doing a Google search by the boats name and make. Lots of folks keep blogs and post on sites like this. So you might see issues such as persistent engine trouble or what not. But given the number of boats vs the membership here it is still a shot in the dark.
2 Weeks Ago 01:28 PM
SJ34 It didn't do me any good pre-purchase but I've been able to piece together my boats history from old maintenance logs, chats with the broker, a dealer for the mfg, and from cosmetic repairs.

The high points of my investigating are:

She was ordered from the mfg by a small charter company in San Diego. She was delivered by a dealer from PNW on her own keel using the emergency tiller and a tiller pilot , explaining the tiller pilot mount in the cockpit, even though she has a wheel. The charter company had a reputation for meticulously maintaining it's boats but she still shows some evidence of that previous life, such as gelcoat touch-up of hard docking and what looks like evidence of the anchor coming off the roller in rough seas.
Being ordered for the charter trade also explained the sparse deck layout.

The key point is that the boat showed evidence of being like new when the next owner took possession. He owned the boat for about 10 years before I bought her - everything looked to have about 10 years of wear and tear.
He had her mechanicals and cosmetics professionally maintained so she would be functional for the myriad parades they participated in but that was about it.
She sat nearly abandoned in her slip for a couple of years before I bought her. I then proceeded to replace every piece of running rigging, and anything else that wasn't necessary to motor around the harbor in a parade.

The investigation was interesting, free and much more thorough than merely a report of insurance claims. It also informed me on where to look to make upgrades, repairs etc.
3 Weeks Ago 10:22 PM
seaner97
Re: What and How to learn a boat's history?

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Yeah- only good if your boat was made after 1984.
3 Weeks Ago 10:20 PM
olddog60
Re: What and How to learn a boat's history?

https://boathistoryreport.com/
3 Weeks Ago 06:12 PM
seaner97
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Originally Posted by aeventyr60 View Post
^More about the people who sailed/owned the boat? Why? Maybe you just do a linkedin search, or hire a PI. Could be they were Bruce and are now Caitlyn...
Curiosity, mostly. I'd like to know the provenance. The different names she's worn. Just would add to my enjoyment. Not worth a PI. and Google comes up empty with the two I know about.
3 Weeks Ago 05:55 PM
aeventyr60
Re: What and How to learn a boat's history?

^More about the people who sailed/owned the boat? Why? Maybe you just do a linkedin search, or hire a PI. Could be they were Bruce and are now Caitlyn...
3 Weeks Ago 05:31 PM
seaner97 Any new info on this? I know there is a company out there that does this now for post 1984, but I'd be interested to find out more about the people who sailed mine in the past.
01-01-2013 08:03 PM
rbyham Thanks all. I do like to know everything I can. I do plan to do a survey that I will also attend...
01-01-2013 04:47 PM
DRFerron
Re: What and How to learn a boat's history?

Depending on your location, sometimes brokers know at least some of the history of certain boats because they may race or socialize with other boaters. We bought our boat in a sailing town and the broker and the previous owner belonged to the same yacht club. We got some background on it that way.
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