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Conjure;v. The "To Do" list, the "Want" list, the 700 miles from home port List ..
Here is the scenario. She, a 32' sloop of mid 1970's vintage, on the
hard, 700 miles from home port. Although you have not stepped aboard,
you feel that she is the right boat. So far, her condition report is: solid hull- no blisters. Solid deck-no moisture. Good standing rigging-relatively new. Her sails are almost new. But, she has been sitting. Sitting is never a good sign when thinking about purchasing a sailboat. Her interior? A mess. No head. Salon cushions all worn out. Galley is dirty, needs fixing. Ice box needs attention. Old wiring, old interior lighting, she has the look of neglect below. Her engine is old but reliable, a diesel. The owner understands the situation, he has his hands full with personal obligations.
How would you proceed? Let's say you now have established a price for the boat, leaving you with a refit budget of $6,000 dollars. How would you spend the refit money? New running rigging? Hull paint-awlgrip? Deck refinish? Get the interior cleaned up and painted? Within the refit budget, you must purchase a tender/dinghy/inflatable. Any useful addons, or doo dads, you would purchase? Dodger? Bimini? Cushions?
Where would you seek reliable boat contractors? Who would you contact?
Marina's charge lots of money, and sometimes do not do a very proper job.
Would you look to the marina for help? Ask the surveyor? Contact West Marine store?
I'm sure some of you have purchased sailboats in far off ports. And I'm sure some of you have run up against obstacles, marina's that want your money for shabby work, people who looked at you as a victim, lack of support when getting your new/old boat ready for sailing, etc.. How did you deal with the
distance dilemma? Who was the most supportive? Who helped the most getting the right repairs, good people, to get your boat in sail away condition? Thanks for the input.. Not all of the above is necessarily applicable to the boat I am searching for, but in the last few days, I've conjured up a list of probable issues as I've looked at boats in far off ports.