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03-04-2013 08:16 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Bit by bigger boat bug - strip the old boat or refit new one?

Unbolting stuff is downright tacky - like taking the fixtures when you move houses. I think we are only talking about loose gear here aren't we?

Anything you plan to keep should be off the boat before you show it to any prospective buyers.
03-04-2013 01:43 PM
krisscross
Re: Bit by bigger boat bug - strip the old boat or refit new one?

I think it is bad luck to take stuff from the old boat that is normally fastened to her and put it on your new boat. Makes the old boat look like crap and thus harder to sell.
03-04-2013 10:45 AM
Barquito
Re: Bit by bigger boat bug - strip the old boat or refit new one?

I would take expensive personal gear off the boat. I would also take expensive boat gear off, if you know you need it on the other boat and the old boat is in sailable (trailerable) condition. I sold a boat that I had put some work into. I felt like the buyer was getting a good deal b/c I was selling for what I bought it for... Sale went through, and he sank it a few months later
03-03-2013 05:33 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Bit by bigger boat bug - strip the old boat or refit new one?

If money is tight, keep the gear you need and can use. On a 17' boat, the extra gear will add little or nothing to the price you'll get so you'll be "giving it away". I'd leave enough gear to make it functional and take anything else I could use on the new boat.

On the other hand, the pile of excess gear onboard swung the decision for me once on a purchase so......
03-03-2013 12:20 PM
Sabreman
Re: Bit by bigger boat bug - strip the old boat or refit new one?

We've been there and decided that except for a few personal and family heirlooms (ship's clock, bell from my dad's boats, etc) , we sold the old boat as is. The upgrades were what make her what she was and she sold quickly.

I understand your quandry. In my case we boat a larger version of the same boat (moved from Sabre 28 to 38), so all the stuff that I did to the old boat I had to buy again and do over. It was discouraging for a few weeks but after a couple of seasons, things were right.

We tend toward a minimalist approach, tending to remove extraneous gear and simplifying the boat. I removed a lot of stuff including lazy jacks, a hot water heater, dead engine-driven reefer, LORAN, ancient GPS, old VHF, etc.
03-03-2013 11:34 AM
Faster
Re: Bit by bigger boat bug - strip the old boat or refit new one?

The stuff you leave on the old boat probably won't add much, if any, to the selling price. It may make it easier to sell, however, esp if there are a few other similar models for sale nearby that are lesser equipped.

Some things make sense to transfer, other stuff maybe not.

As an aside.. in '92 we made an offer on a 40' sloop, surveyed and proceeded to sea trial. When it came time to put the genoa cars on the track, both cars were undersized, the tracks were 1 1/4", the cars 1".... wtf?? The mildly embarrassed seller (a two boat owner) had tried to swap the cars with inferior ones from his other boat. Clearly he hadn't tried them out. After an hour's delay as he went home to 'find' the parts, in the end we proceeded with the deal and had a great 12 years with the boat.
03-03-2013 10:23 AM
Squidd
Re: Bit by bigger boat bug - strip the old boat or refit new one?

Other than maybe the hand held VHF...there is not much to take off the old boat without toolage and reconstruction that you mentioned in OP...

At that point not worth the effort...
03-03-2013 09:25 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Bit by bigger boat bug - strip the old boat or refit new one?

A new boat superstition. Be sure you aren't whistling while removing anything on a Friday?

While apart from being frugal, having new stuff on a new-to-you boat does feel like a great new start. Not the most cost effective, however.
03-03-2013 08:53 AM
brokesailor
Bit by bigger boat bug - strip the old boat or refit new one?

When I sold my Hunter 36 I could not make myself gut the old boat to be placed on the "new" boat. All that stuff on the Hunter was now part of her, part of her personality. If anything I would think it would be bad luck to gut your old boat and put it on your new one! Just saying....
03-03-2013 08:31 AM
sealover
Re: Bit by bigger boat bug - strip the old boat or refit new one?

I should have added that whatever I sell the old boat and Honda BF2 for should pretty much cover a 6-8HP long shaft for the new boat, and whatever is needed to get the new boat equipped for sailing. (It's missing some blocks and halyards and sheets, needs a keel winch and the trailer needs lights, a strap winch and I haven't inspected the bearings yet)

A brand new leftover 6 for $1300 seems like the way to go compared to a 15 year old 2 stroke for $800 that's an hour away on Craigslist.
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