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Re: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 54DS
She sounds great! I have a good friend that loves our boat and has been active looking for one. I nearly sold it to him last Fall, but we passed on buying another boat and am glad we did. I’ve suggested he do exactly what you’re doing. Find a good hull and spend a year or two refitting her. It would be their last boat. They’ve also considered buying new, so the economics wouldn’t be worse.
I’m still running our original motor (1300 hrs) and genset (1000 hrs), although, it sounds like we take much better care of them than your PO. We also have original teak side decks, which are near end of life. They look fine from afar, but are worn thin. That refit will hurt. I had our standing rigging inspected last year. The lifelines failed and I replaced them with uncoated wire, but the stays still looked good. I bet the next big thing to fail, unexpectedly, with be one of the 14 year old air conditioning units. I keep paying to nurse them back to life, with gas top ups.
Our next scheduled big deal are the keel bolts. I’ve already purchased the replacements and am having a tool made to extract them, when we get on the hard this Fall. The other 2004 model I know also needed to do theirs a few years back, so I suspect this is about the useful life. Part of the issue is the bilge water/moisture from ingress down the keel stepped mast. When I install new, I plan to coat with aircraft grade corrosion protection. I fared the keel joint with 4200 a few years back, as tension absolutely has to open that joint on a flat bottom.
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