[Public-List] Buyer beware!!

Jeffrey via Public-List public-list at lists.alberg30.org
Sun Oct 12 05:06:02 PDT 2014

Smart Greg, I'd have done the same thing. Check everything over!  I don't
know how people can own a boat and not have intimate knowledge of every
little detail inside and out.


Seagrass. #116
Boothbay Harbor, Maine


On Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 7:36 AM, Greg Dawson via Public-List <
public-list at lists.alberg30.org> wrote:

> Hi all.
> So, our boat came out this week, or perhaps I should say our project !!
> There is much to do from removing mould in the cabin to replacing bulkheads
> where water entering via the chain plates has rotted the ply to repairing
> the mast & completely rewiring her.
> As part of the project we decided to pull our old atomic 4 and check it
> over, it would also give us chance to replace the leaking stopcocks on the
> cockpit drains, replace the packing on the rudder and prop, renew the
> wiring to the engine that was in a bad way and generally paint and tidy the
> engine compartment, oh yes and replace the bilge pump and blower that no
> longer work and add a fume detector !!
> At some point in the past week the previous owner visited the yard and was
> heard to comment "don't know why they are pulling the engine, it's only got
> 60 hours on it". I'm so glad that I pulled that engine out because I
> discovered two leaks in the exhaust and the block drain tap broke off as I
> tried to open it with two fingers.
> The survey couldn't have detected the faults as all looked good and they
> weren't the fault of poor maintenance on the part of the previous owner.
> I have no complaints about buying our boat, she's going to be beautiful
> once again and just needs a bit of TLC and a cash injection. The reason
> that I am typing this is simply, if it wasn't for the fact that the engine
> was running poorly and that it wouldn't shift into reverse we might have
> left it in place for the year and concentrated our efforts elsewhere.
> The consequences for myself & my family could have been dire. Next year
> apart from bilge pumps, blowers & fume detectors there will be a CO
> detector on our boat!!
> Food for thought, Off to drain contaminated fuel out of our tank before
> Thanks Giving Lunch!!
> Greg.
> #348 Good Hope.
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