I think I bought a boat

mckenzie.keith

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Do share all the expensive suprises you find (which will likely be found on any boat purchase... I am not throwing shade on Little Harbor in general or your boat in particular). I will be sharing some expensive surprises soon myself since I just bought a boat, too.
 

Kiwi Clipper

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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.
 

Alaris

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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.
This one is far from needing a refit but I’m happy to be preserving it for the future!
 

Alaris

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Big surprise, insurance wants me to fix a lot of inconsequential bullshit. Cost of entry…

That said, it’s approved.
 
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Jim in Halifax

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Big surprise, insurance wants me to fix a lot of inconsequential bullshit. Cost of entry…
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.
 

Alaris

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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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Israel Hands

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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'
 

Alaris

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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'
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.
 
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eliboat

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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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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.
 

Alaris

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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.
The “designed draft” is 5’. Owners report closer to 6. These are much heavier boats than the 30,700 weight listed on the brochure.
 

accnick

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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.
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.

Plans change.

By the way, it may be fairly easy to increase the height of the bimini by lengthening the lower ends of the tubes, adjusting the bow position and modifying the connection to the dodger if necessary. You may regret not having protection over the cockpit on summer days in the Chesapeake, whether the sun is shining or it is raining.

When you live aboard, the cockpit becomes your back porch, and you will spend a lot of time there.
 




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