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alrite there are some pictures posted of the carnage of the bulkheads of this boat in the gear and maintenance section if any of you have any input or just want to get a good laugh out of what we are getting ourselves into.

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I feel that not having the initial cost of buying the boat helps a lot, there will most likely be three main people seeing this project all the way through, and occasionally helping hands lent from bored friends.
as the boat comes along, people wanting to sail w/ you will increase. your friends help you pull the boat and deal w/ what i suspect is a pretty nasty bottom.i always gave those guys and girls first choice of rides.(and the uhm parties too )
as a sabre owner (sis has one too), the boats are built rock solid.
you have some projects ahead (some 'spensive ones too), but when done, you'll know that boat's systems, inside and out.
engine?..did you address that already? first thing i would do. is reconfigure your companionway steps for engine access. iirc, sabres of that era have a less than ideal set-up. on my '90 30, the whole shebang pulls out. drawers, trash box and tool drawer.it would eliminate the cross member that will deny decent access.
i'll look and see if i have a pic of the set-up...if you'd like to see.
have you developed your plan of attack..structural, bottom, systems..etc. it will help prioritize your projects (1000's of em, just wait and see) and budget accordingly..lots of great deals on stuff out there, you just have to know where to look. people here are pretty good about helping others through projects w/ timely and $ advice.
lemme know if i can help in anyway.

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Sanctuary , thanks a lot man. We have just gone through the whole interior, we pulled out all of the drawers, removed everything in the boat that was ruined, we literally pulled garbage bags of stuff out, worth thousands between nav equipment gps etc all ruined from being wet. A picture of your setup to your engine would be great. Our first plan of attack is going to be the bulkheads for sure. We have not decided whether to pull the whole bulkhead or remove the rotted sections and replace with marine ply and glass heavily. The good news is the volvo penta was replaced with a yanmar in the last 8 years and only has a few hours on it from the one cruise that the boat actually made. It is going to be a PITA to get to that engine though because like you said it is a pretty lousy setup. Everything else is in relatively good shape it is just going to take a lot of elbow grease.
There is a place here in town called sailorman that is all used and warehouse priced supplies, and one of us is getting a job at west marine...employee discount as far as the boat being rock solid, that is totally true there is not a single soft spot or spider crack on the deck and it has been neglected for at least 5 years. I also feel that we have a good support system as we have a lot of close friends that are avid sailors and love doing this type of thing. I guess that's one of the perks of living in Fort Lauderdale where it's summer all year and there is someone around every corner with a lot of know how and connections.

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well here are some pics finally


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Update: Got the Yanmar running today! Replaced the battery, fired up on the first try!!

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Cleaned off the running gear, left the dock under her own power today for the first time in 5+ years!! Next up is taking her to the ocean to scrape her clean.

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everything is good, I think being a couple miles inland from the port on a canal has really been a saving grace for this boat. There is just a coat of algae on the hull, and a small amount of barnacles towards the bow, there is also no corrosion on the rudder shaft and the driveshaft and prop all seem to be in good shape. We've been getting a lotta rain and have been able to find some leaks, one of the windows leaks pretty good, and we also have another mystery leak that we gotta find. I'm going to Barbados for a week and the real work will most likely begin when I get back.

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T37Chef's advice is right on the mark, know when it's time to stop sinking money into it. In the meantime have a ball and keep us posted of your progress!
There comes a time when you can stop sinking money into a boat? I'm on something like number 12 currently (looking at potentially #13 this Saturday) and I haven't come across a boat like that yet. ;-)

Free is good. That justifies a lot of time, effort and funds provided it is a sound foundation to build from. I walked away from a free Cheroy Lee Frisco Flyer (26' wood boat) once that I figured would eat me, my time and my available funds alive. To pay a yard to do what that boat needed (five years ago) would have cost $45 to 50K I guessed. If I'd done it myself (ha) I'd just about be getting done now after having not had a vacation day in those five years that wasn't working at that. Some guys love that stuff (God bless 'em) and would rather build/futz than sail. Not me.

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