Originally Posted by MMNETSEA
You don't say much about the boat :- do you have pictures? how well is it equipted ? Steel of FRP ? What engines ?? etc.... ?
Her aft cabin is interesting with a split bunk configuration. I am sure we could alter that for a double bunk but I kinda like it as it is. The only access is via a hatch behind the cockpit. The saloon is smallish (not as small as some, but at 3.5m wide she is the narrowest we have looked at) and the galley really needs attention- its almost an afterthought which is a major drawback. She is a GRP Bermuda rig sloop, professionally laid up in late 70s and fitted out by first owner. She has a nice looking keel design but a spade rudder (have only been looking at skegged baots to this point). She has just completed a 10year stint of being lived on by current owners and is showing her age a little. She still has the original Perkins 4.154 (sounded surprisingly sweet when we fired her up; there was none (well, almost none) of that fine oily grit that seems to coat everything in the engine compartment of most boats with Perkins diesels we have seen) which had a full rebuild 3 years ago. She needs new sails, running rig, wiring, her cabin woodwork is a bit tired, etc etc. Her price probably fairly reflects her condition, so it is not as if the owner is after moonbeams for her...
..but now when I re-read all this she does not sound right for us...
Its funny my wife and I were adamant that we would not buy a boat as old as this or in need of so much TLC... but when we both got off her were both grinning like fools -
completely in synch for almost the first time and we have seen a lot of boats in the last year.
I know you are supposed to look at these things 'first with the head, then with the heart' (to paraphrase Bryce Courtney) but this one is for some reason a tough call and we don't know why
... So this is why i am here, asking for opinions from cooler heads!