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Re: What did I do wrong?

I agree with Minewaska. Start new with all maintenance tasks. Spend a bunch of time cleaning every inch of the boat, inside and out. That will serve as an inspection and a getting-to-know-you session with your boat. I always make three lists: Gotta do, Should do and Want to do. Congatulations and .. "Fair winds and following seas!"
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Re: What did I do wrong?

With the chorus:
Believe nothing, and do your own thorough maintenance on everything now, so you'll know for sure that it really has been done, and you can start keeping your own log of when/what needs to be done in the future. Take an oil sample from the engine and send it out to Blackstone or another lab (about $25) so you have a baseline analysis, too.
You, or someone, should be going aloft to make sure everything at the masthead is solid, and that's also a good time for new bulbs & grease to ensure those aren't corroding.
Beneteau should be able to supply you with an owner's manual if there's none with the boat, and that may tell you more than any briefing would.
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Re: What did I do wrong?

Congrats on finally finishing the purchase of the boat! I just did the same a few weeks ago for a much older boat, but it was nice to put the process behind me, even if it was more fun than what you went through.

Getting the boat home and going through the systems, maintenance, and just mapping all the systems is both fun and challenging, and a little intimidating. I defnintely see a large amount of critical work that needs to be done before I am in a steady maintenance mode.

What boat club were you with?

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I don't think you did anything wrong, in fact I think you did everything right. You walked away from an overpriced boat that had a few maintenance problems and you waited until the owners came to their senses and realized they weren't going to get more.

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Woohooo!! We were @ lunch by the dock when the wire transfer went through & they told us where the key was. I brought my 24yr old son w/ me, who sailed once w/ my bro & I to Catalina last year. Still, he was a huge help!! So glad I waited that out! The interior is gorgeous, a little tough still to get that main out of the main furler. Once I get a new sail on there, it should come out like butter!

I brought her from Jack London Square to Emeryville, so we sailed just a little bit under the Bay Bridge.

I'm @ OCSC sailing club in Berkeley, I've been chartering for years. Thanks for all your comments & help through this whole buying process!!

The first thing I'll do is go through all the books now, luckily I have very mechanical friends who love to sail! I feel like I've trained my whole life for this!
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I think I just found the ad for your boat and looked at the pictures. It looks very nice, congratulations. That engine looks really clean.
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Re: What did I do wrong?

It is really clean
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