Originally Posted by watom
Folks, Thanks for the advice I have come to a price agreement for the 48 Celestial, now the sea trial. What do I expect can I make the seller run all systems including the refrigeration unit the dingy motor the gen set and all electronics. While sailing can and should I expect to sail on all point of sail including how well it sails to weather. How long should a good sea trial take? Any advice would be appreciated.
I presume you have had the boat fully condition surveyed out of the water ? Ie; The surveyor's report satisfactory, covering - hull blisters - rigging - steering system - THE RUDDER etc .
Electical systems clean and tidy - engine room clean , well kept - no oil leaks etc
The ships logs showing work performed and components added or replaced - proper history documented. Did you have a separate engine survey done.
I would have expected the surveyor to have covered systems such as "refrigeration unit the dingy motor the gen set and all electronics". If these were not surveyed then you will need to agree with the sellor that these must operate to your satisfaction.
The sea trial must cover powering out and in under engine - and sail under all points of sail - also if possible anchoring, checking windlass and ground tackle. How long - I guess at least one full day - but obviously this will depend on location and conditions. take lots of notes and pictures - and take your time before you part with a penny.