Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: PortTownsend/Seattle (ship canal)
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We are now proud owners of a 1979 San Juan 28!!!
The surveyor gave her a clean bill of health, just a few issues with the engine. Hull and deck are solid, no moisture anywhere (nothing abnormal anyway) he was very impressed with our little boat.
Said it was ready to go without doing a thing except the engine issue and a slighty leaking stuffing box.
Boat yard tried to scam us though, told us our engine (yanmar diesel) was totally worn out and we should give them 8 grand to do total a re power! What a load of horse pucky! Since we had already motored for two days at a steady 6 -6.5 knots, we didn't fall for the boatyard scam. Our independent diesel mechanic (well respected in town and recommended by friends and our surveyor) said the engine was just now getting broken in and was fine. In fact the first thing he said when he saw the engine was "you got one of the good ones". Just needs a few hoses replaced and other maintenance, it was a bit neglected by previous owners. We also have to replace or repair an exhaust manifold, coolant side, so no fumes. Most of this we can do ourselves. We are letting the boatyard do the bottom paint though.
Hopefully she'll be back in the water next weekend. Now we just have to decide on a name.