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A Sail Away Offshore Cruising Boat For Less Than US$100,000—Part 2, Decks, Hulls and SS Fittings

A classically fastened teak deck, in this case in fair condition.

[In Part 1 Colin provided general advice on how to decide if a refit of this magnitude is a path each of us should tread, and some preliminary things to settle before we even look for a boat.

So now that we have decided to focus on boats that have been well taken care of and not butchered by inept amateurs, we still need to be realistic about  potential flaws in materials and construction.

To that end, Colin turns his attention to seven construction areas where problems can turn a refit into a horror show we definitely don't want to star in.

The potential villains of the piece are:

Part 2

  • teak decks;
  • cored decks;
  • cored hulls;
  • stainless fabrications, particularly chain plates;
  • structural bulkheads;

Part 3

  • keels;
  • rudders.

Over to Colin.]

None of these problems might have caused any concerns in the early years of the boat’s life, but now (at say, 30-40 years of age) will all have to be rigorously inspected and, if necessary, repaired or replaced.

Many simply can’t be judged until in-depth examination has been carried out, but there are often tell-tale signs that can give you a fair idea of what you are up against.

Let’s take a look these areas in detail:

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Meet the Author

Colin Speedie

Colin, European Correspondent here at AAC, is a deeply experienced offshore sailor who holds a Yachtmaster licence, and a gifted photographer and talented writer who has added a whole new dimension to Attainable Adventure Cruising. In addition, since Colin and Louise are from England and had their OVNI 435, Pèlerin built in France, they bring a European perspective to our site. You can read more about Colin and Louise and their business at their website.

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