Buying a used Melges 24Melges 24 buying advice
Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:41 AM
What should we be looking for when we go to view? are there any known problems we should be aware of? How much lead do the boats typically have in? Do some boats have a better reputation than other (builder / age)?
Basically I am trying to get the inside loop, that you usuallly don't pick up until you have been in a class for a couple of seasons.
Posted 24 September 2012 - 11:43 AM
Not actually much to say at our level, certainly you will get a nicer looking boat as the early boats were in early days of assy' sailing and had plenty of crashes.
Things to look for in the european boats: fixed versus running forestay- matter of preference, i like the one run down to the cabin myself.
Mast condition and the age is vital: no chips and a smooth track, with manufacturers receipt.
Foils: damage to the edges from trailering and damage to the box ( you should use as you maybe know some thin plastic wedges) and damage to the rudder pintel/gudeon fixing points ( newer castings from devoti seem to have a slightly different tolerance of 0.1mm causing a pain in the neck: better to polish down the bolts and shim with silicone or something- they are tight as a gnats chuff)
The bulb can have a lot of filler on it, sound around to check it has no massive plastic filler where it has lost or had weight removed!
stanchions are of course critical to the hiking strop weight: inspect under deck essential and the pulpit at the back if you get wind where you sail.
Back stay condition: this should be changed out if at all worn because it is a heck of a lot cheaper than a new stick.
Sails: dac' mains are trendy but bendy!
Why do spinnakers vary so much in a bloody OD I wonder ????
Posted 24 September 2012 - 11:46 AM
You should ask them for a lift if they have a small crane and the boat is a goer- but see on the water to check for leaks, trim and rig tune / dimensions whilst floating which is different from when they are on the hard being dry sailed BTW.
Once you are finished kicking the tyres and have a boat you wanna buy.On the water, Crank up the outers on the loos gauge to maximum and wang on the back stay check the mast is then in column and take up the inners too.
And the foils can have bad filler jobs hiding delamination and water ingress: there is a core which will absorb massess I am told under the carbon. Remember expoxy is used on carbon and polyester top jobs will fall off eventually as they have no chemical bonding to the expoxy.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 03:07 PM
Posted 28 September 2012 - 11:14 AM
Whats the difference between the fixed and running forestays (apart from the obvious that one is fixed and one is adjustable!), ie what are the benefits of each and how so they work?
Posted 29 September 2012 - 06:13 PM
IIRC in the Norths and ullman guides there is only 4.5cm difference max rake / min.
So I guuess you can get at least half of this from slack backstay to tight before the mast top bends
The adjustable one allows for light weather setting with sag and less rake. It is also easier to rig or can be used with a line to help raise and lower the mast, but the assy halyard is just as good in fact.
Hope you can do a double sheet bend BB!
Posted 30 September 2012 - 05:50 AM