24 May 2010 | front porch
Well, after many emails and information exchanges, I have come to the realization that the 42' Cat I was really looking at with interest appears to be yet another neglected dock barge that someone has decided to just let sit and fall into a state of dis-repair. knew in the back of my mind that the price was too good to be true and the truth be told in the end, it was.
Here's a partial list of estimated (!!) repairs to the vessel and that would be on top of the purchase price just to get the insurance to buy off on it.
But... honestly, there isnt much there that I could fix with my own hands and save a bundle, it's more the fact that those things all together need repair, what else is lurking in the darkness since these are just now rearing there ugly heads(??) hmmmm.
The picture above is just one that shows numerous fasteners, some that are directly attached to the mast!! that show severe rust. Who I ask in their right mind use plain steel fasteners in a wet location like this???
1. Repair paint bubbles at port keel. $1500
2. Replace rudder bearings. $600
3. Port engine: replace sail drive hose clamp on inner seal $100; repair fuel leak at fuel pump $200-$300; replace forward starboard silent block $200; replace oil and bottom seals on saildrive $250; replace saildrive rubber boot cover $150.
4. Starboard engine: repair leaking inner saildrive seal $400-800?; replace oil and bottom seals on saildrive $250.
5. Repair malfunctioning radar radome. $200?
6. Reconnect SSB antenna to main unit. $200
7. Replace fans in aft cabins and rewire and reinstall fans in forward cabins. $200 + $400
8. Repair starboard spreader light; repair nav lights. $100
9. Repair leaking port head. $200
10. Repair corroded martingale fitting. $200-300
11. Replace spinnaker guy/sheet block at forward port bow. $200
A total of some $6-7,000 in maintenance and repairs.