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After purchasing sailboat

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I posted a discussion a few days ago but I don't think I got my point across. I am pretty well trained in sailing many types of sailboats but this is the first time that I have owned one. The internet has a lot of lists and tips for buying a used boat but what about after already acquired boat? What do I need to look for? I just got a San Juan 21 (I). I have some time before I can get to the boat and haven't seen it in person yet. I want to put a list together of things to check. I know the best thing will be to get it in the water but I would like to make sure things check out on land. Also, it is on an old trailer so what should I look for on that?

I have finally visited the SJ and there is good news and bad news. Good news is (most) of the blocks and other hardware are in good shape. Bad news is the trailer is not as well as the inside. I have added a picture to show the bunks of the trailer. one part of it is detached and the connecting peace is rusted.... The wood is also rotted through. I have to move the boat about 20 minutes no highway to get it into the water. Can I rig the trailer or replace the piece and hope for the best down the road? Any suggestions would be great.
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Re: After purchasing sailboat

Have you considered getting it surveyed?
On the advice of many, I joined the surveyor on my boat. Taught me more in 3 hours than any of the books I read.

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I thankfully did not buy it. It was gifted to me and I am very lucky for that. I just hope that it is not in too bad condition to become a money pit. I don't know much about getting it inspected. Where would I go to get a surveyor AJC?
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I thankfully did not buy it. It was gifted to me and I am very lucky for that. I just hope that it is not in too bad condition to become a money pit. I don't know much about getting it inspected. Where would I go to get a surveyor AJC?
On a 21' "free" boat, a surveyor will be a big expense. A SJ-21 is a pretty simple boat. I'm sure if you posted a lot of pictures here, many could offer you advice on what needs to be addressed first. Have you checked out the self-survey thread? The stuff you typically look at pre-purchase still apply if you have been given the boat.

My first questions would be only structural- how's the swing keel, how's the mast step, how's the chainplates, etc. etc. I've seen lots of ugly boats that are in good structural shape so don't be discouraged if the boat is ugly/dirty.

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Main thing I can think of besides making sure everything works is the required safetey equipment for your area. Some things have an age limit like flares as well as a required number and type.

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Tanski- thanks I did not think of that. Life jackets of course but age of safety equipment would not have been on my list. Where is the best places to go for parts? In stores or is there a good place online for ordering?
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Should put your location in your profile. No idea if where I shop would do you any good.
It comes down mostly to this - Do I need it right away and don't mind paying a bit more or can I order it on-line and wait for it to arrive.

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What legal responsibility does a surveyor have?
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I'm in Jacksonville FL
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None really if you read the fine print on the contract!

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