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Hello All,

Checking out a Lancer 36 (Bill Lee) that was victim of a lighting strike. Much of the electronics is non-functional now, but the engine seems to work (perhaps some issue with it or the prop? but not sure from discussion -- have not seen it run yet). Boom is missing (original boom snapped in a reach last year, apparently). Hull supposedly showed high moisture in some areas and did obviously have some blisters in process of repair (with one area showing glass, pushable with finger). The inside, though, seems quite dry (and lacks the very typical mildewy smell of many sailboats -- even some nicer ones for sail).
So, also, this is a salvage boat and might be had at a very low price.
Any takes on this? Blisters? Lightning strikes? Lancer 36's?
Just looking for feedback -- seems to be a gamble. A good, fun boat with a little work, or stepping into a hornet's nest of work for a boat not selling for that much relatively. I'm not looking for a masterpiece -- just a fun boat to live-aboard and do some sailing up and down the east coast eventually.
 

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Agreed. I think everyone has to know what their priorities are -- it was funny in a way hearing feedback from people around town and the boatyard in looking at this boat over the past few days because it really brought out what they liked or didn't like. A lot were quick to chime in without discussing issues and ideas about the boat and sailing. :)
Anyway, I decided ultimately not to bid. Someone might get a decent deal, but it will no doubt be a lot of work. And I learned a lot in reading up -- so now a know a lot more about laminates, blisters, repair, lightning strikes, etc. :)
The bit which SailinDog mentioned, and I had read yesterday, about lighting exiting at many places through a hull and creating many holes (from large to small undetectable) is pretty wild, but also just one more difficulty to add to a boat like this.
I was willing to live on it, work on it, and eventually sail it, but I decided I rather just wait (living on a powerboat now) until I can get a sailboat that will require just a bit less work. ;-) Thanks for all the good feedback and discussion, too.
On a side note, the whole lightning strike thing is very interesting. I heard that one local boat may have been hit twice?!
 
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