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Re: Repairing a family boat

I've seen worse, but it's hard to tell from that angle. To the best of my knowledge, Newports aren't known for being racers. I can't ever remember racing against any in MDR. You would probably get more responses if there were some interior pictures including engine, bulkheads, chainplates and through hulls. Hope that helps...

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It's really impossible to give you an answer to your question without much more information. As a minimum you need to find the current owner and inspect the boat. Note this is an old boat, so expect major issues if it has not been maintained. The Newport 27 was designed by the two guys that later formed C&C Yachts, so I would expect it would be a decent club racer.

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Re: Repairing a family boat

If this is an abandoned boat, some states make it pretty difficult to get a title. That would be one of the first things to check out as you begin the process of acquiring this boat.
However, it seems you have made one of the biggest mistakes a potential boat owner could possibly make when looking at boats. You have become emotionally involved in a boat you don't own! Be very, very careful that you do not let your emotional attachment to your father's old boat lead you into a financially disastrous and heartbreaking boat owning experience.

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Agreed with the above statements, don't get emotionally attached to something you know little of, and it's near impossible to even tell you how much it would take to be seaworthy. I can guarantee you it has a keel, hull, mast, at least the bottom section of the rudder, and probably some deck, that's about it.

Where is this boat located? If it's been left uncovered and uncared for imagine the possible water damage by now...

Do you live South? If so it may be a green cesspool of god knows what with 3 ft of rainwater and algae growing inside rotting out bulkheads and corroding the engine.

Do you live North? If so all the water that has got inside has been freeze-thaw cycling crushing parts and delaminating FRP that is around it.

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You guys are probably right, its been mistreated and I don't have the money to fix it. Nonetheless it still hurts to see the boat sit there hopeless compared to the life it used to have.
It may be worth looking into but just do so with a critical eye. I would say though that all boats eventually go that way, some sooner than others FWIW. Maybe its time to find a well cared for used boat to work on with your dad and make a whole new set of memories.
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It may be worth looking into but just do so with a critical eye. I would say though that all boats eventually go that way, some sooner than others FWIW. Maybe its time to find a well cared for used boat to work on with your dad and make a whole new set of memories.
We actually have been looking at a merit 25 but both of us aren't sold on it. It was basically completely redone by the owner. The interior needs some work but he redid the bottom which looks amazing. We just don't know if a merit is the right next move, we want a racer.
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Does its derelict condition bother your father as it does you? At one point, he decided to get rid of it.
If you end up making an offer, I'd look into the costs of ownership--marina fees, labor rates, etc etc. They're a lot cheaper to buy than they are to own.
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