Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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15 year lurker.. Finally did it!
Hi all. I've lurked around on this forum for a good 15 years or so, but finally bit the bullet and just bought a boat.
Tis nothing special, a Grampian 26. I got it for $1,000. The past owner bought a larger boat and didn't want to pay the marina fees for two boats.
It's not in perfect shape, needs paint and a bit of sprucing up. Probably need to replace the bow fitting as the originals are known to crack and fail on these old Grampians. Owner says he replaced parts of the rigging, but the wire looks like it's a bit older, probably not original though.
I think I got a great deal. Came with a cradle, a working Honda 9.9 outboard, and it's got an OMC saildrive in it, probably not working but I'm decent with engines, can probably get it working, or maybe a diesel swap, or perhaps just take it out altogether next year and glass the hole.
Also came with sails, VHF, a new battery and a few other things. Haven't checked if the head works yet, but it looks like it does. Came with one anchor and some chain, really doubt it's enough to keep the boat from dragging - will be one of the first upgrades I do.
It's got a rusty / cracking keel joint but from what I can see the bolts are fine, it looks like normal flexing I've seen on most other older bolted keel boats.
Past owner is a nice guy, willing to help me learn and tell me about any of the flaws he's aware of on the boat.
Will be launching in early May when this whole COVID thing blows over. Will give the keel a good sanding, coat of rust converter then maybe epoxy barrier coat, then bottom paint. Will probably just buff the rest of the hull and wax it to see if it brightens up the original paint. Interior needs a good cleaning but otherwise looks fine. Anything else I should be wary of before launch?
I'm going to try to bring it to the Bluffers Park Marina (I live near Toronto) or one of the nearby YC's if they've got slips available, and the initial cost isn't too outrageous..!
After seeing how real estate prices have gotten in Canada (I lived in Tokyo for most of my twenties and early thirties) I'm thinking this will be my starter boat for a year or two, then I'll buy another boat 30-45 feet and live aboard, and exit the rat race. Even making 100K+ a year, I cannot afford housing in this country..!
Last edited by paradoxbox; 03-27-2020 at 08:47 AM.