Join Date: Mar 2006
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Thanks to Sailnet
We'll the worm finally turned and we are closing the deal on our new boat in spite of our issues with the selling broker.
I want to Thank all the great folks here on Sailnet that provided advice and encouragement as we worked through selling our previous boat, deciding what was important to us, what fit in our budget and intended use, and while we chased our tails looking at a huge variety of boats.
In the end, since our indifinite term goal is cruising the Chesapeake and our wildest ambitions don't include crossing oceans, but perhaps coastal crusing, we decided the Catalina 36 best met our needs. The boat we have settled on is a late MKI with the walkthrough transom. I think its the last or next to last year before they started putting portlights in the hull. The hull and decks checked out fine and the equipment is satisfactory. The sails (especially the main) will probably be replaced over the next year or two and I want to shift the rigging around a good bit make the boat more "sailable". It was clearly used more as a condo than a sailboat, but at least the guy took good care of his condo. Our goal will be to make it the fastest sailing floating condo possible! Whoo Hoo!!
Again thanks to all for the helpful advice and encouragement but especially to Cam and Crusingdad for their behind the scenes support. I also want to thank the folks that recommended David Manning for the survey. I had a short list of Surveyors names compiled from recommendations here on Sailnet and wanted to go with Jack Hornor but he was not available in a suitable time. Since I had spoken with Mr. Manning regarding a different boat he'd surveyed and was impressed, I asked Mr. Hornor's representative if they would recommend Mr. Manning and they did so without a moments hesitiation, so that's who we went with and I would recommened him whole heartedly to anyone in the area looking for surveyor.
Thanks again to all.
1991 C36 (Name Pending)
I'll post pics as soon as I get the BBQ mounted!
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36
Last edited by PalmettoSailor; 06-03-2008 at 08:50 PM.