1983 Little Harbor 44Which boat is it? I’m not keeping up…but interested
Fingers crossed for you. That will be a good boat.Got the survey back today. Some stuff to nail down and the insurer has to approve it, but this feels like it’s actually going to happen.
This one is far from needing a refit but I’m happy to be preserving it for the future!Ted Hood designed Little Harbor. The thing is that every nickel you put into refitting a wonderful classic like that is well spent and will make it live for another generation. Sailors, even fairly experienced sailors, kind of forget that in a generation, virtually everything from rig to fridge to rudder to seacocks need to be replaced. It's a job. But when you are sailing, the boat will meet a standard all its own for speed, for comfort, for seaworthiness. Exciting what you are doing.
If your surveyor mentions it, your insurance will want it 'fixed'. Guaranteed. Your next survey of this boat will probably be an 'insurance' survey rather than a 'pre-purchase' survey. Ironically, there will be less deficiencies noted and less to fix.Big surprise, insurance wants me to fix a lot of inconsequential bullshit. Cost of entry…
For what I want to do, namely living aboard and Chesapeake Bay cruising, I don’t need most of that stuff. Possibly the solar although the seller only mentioned the panels not the arch being available to me. Davits will just make docking difficult and I don’t own a dinghy nor am I looking to invest in one.Pretty sure I found pics and she's beautiful! And don't discount that stuff on the stern until you've gone to sea and are sure you won't want it. When you are secure in your cockpit and going places, your arch with solar panels is out of sight but very functional. And your davits become something to be appreciated in an anchorage. Just sayin'
Congrats. Beautiful boats. My boat is about the same size and similar quality, however I draw 6.5’. Being able to beach your boat is pretty awesome.Here she is. The detritus on the stern will not be reinstalled upon launch. Photo on a truck is from its transport to the middle of nowhere 7 years ago. The brightwork is currently in excellent shape, in contrast to these photos.
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The “designed draft” is 5’. Owners report closer to 6. These are much heavier boats than the 30,700 weight listed on the brochure.Congrats. Beautiful boats. My boat is about the same size and similar quality, however I draw 6.5’. Being able to beach your boat is pretty awesome.
As has been mentioned, don't throw the stuff in the cockpit area away that you think you don't want to use, if you have someplace to store it. Someone put a lot of thought into those things, judging from the photos, and it cost them thousands of dollars to make. Either you are another owner may find it useful in the future.For what I want to do, namely living aboard and Chesapeake Bay cruising, I don’t need most of that stuff. Possibly the solar although the seller only mentioned the panels not the arch being available to me. Davits will just make docking difficult and I don’t own a dinghy nor am I looking to invest in one.
I’m not going to reinstall the Bimini (I’m too tall to stand under it) but will probably keep the dodger. The solar panels would look quite strange way up there with no Bimini. And with three 4Ds, I’ll have plenty of battery capacity for the long weekend-style cruises I plan to do. If not, I’ve got a 120-amp alternator dedicated to the house batteries.