Hello I'm new to the forum and was wondering if there are any Chris Craft 35 owners on here? I own a 1964 Chris Craft and just love her odd and classy styling. This is my second sail boat and hopefully the last. I think she has everything I need or can make do with for now. I plan to spend the next few years getting used to her on the great lakes then head down the Mississippi to complete the loop.
Hi there, hopefully you are still active.
I am currently looking at buying a Sail Yacht 35 in Gig Harbor. I believe it is a 1963, but I'm not 100 percent sure. I saw your YouTube video and you probably know a lot more now than you did then, which still seemed to be a lot. I have reviewed all the information I could find, which was not a lot, but still gave me a basic idea of the quality and potential issues with the boat.
Here is the Craigslist page in sections becuse I can't add the link if you care to take a look.
seattle.craigslist .org/see/boa/d/gig-harbor- classic-35-sparkman-stephens/ 6929063682 .html
My concerns that may not be evident from the ad include: paint bubbles along the cabin trunk, and was told there was some leakage around the portholes. The underlying plywood appears to be sound, but I expect I would need to strip, caulk, and rercoat the affected areas anyway and don't find that to be too much of a dealbreaker.
It has a Perkins 4-108 that seems to be in good working order, if a little aged.
I am concerned about the area where the deck meets the hull, there is some paint coming off, which from a construction standpoint often indicates more serious issues underneath. I have seen mixed reports as to the underlying material in this area and wondered if you knew if it could be delaminated or if it is more likely to be a surface issue. I wasn't sure the quality of the bond if it was glass to glass, or if their was something else that could be a structural issue.
I also think the hose lines, electrical, and water and fuel systems are original, although the aft head appears to have been updated from original. Do you have any experience upgrading/replacing any of these systems?
The rigging, including pulleys, etc., appears to be original, but mostly in good repair, probably would want to replace the teak pulleys to be safe. I have some more pictures I took of the (potential) issues I have noticed if you are interested.
From what I have seen elsewhere, 20k is a pretty good price for this if it is in good shape, but I am inexperienced with sailing in general (why I wanted to start with a motor sailor style boat) and am mostly wanting a liveaboard, but I also want to learn on a good boat and enjoy the craftsmanship and styling of the boats from this era. It would also be just me at this time, I'm mid thirties and fairly handy and determined, but I also don't want to dive directly into a huge project when there are better equipped (if not as classy) boats available for a similar price.
My contact is billybbixby @ g mail .com if you would like to reach out directly. Any help is appreciated! T Fox