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Main Message Board / Re: First look at 1986 C-34 today
« on: September 21, 2012, 02:39:59 PM »
Bilge pic, wiring rats nest at base of mast & cracked floor section

Main Message Board / Re: First look at 1986 C-34 today
« on: September 21, 2012, 02:37:35 PM »
Engine pic

Main Message Board / First look at 1986 C-34 today
« on: September 21, 2012, 12:59:41 PM »
On first look, the boat looks in pretty good shape.  Needs a good cleaning, re-finishing of exterior teak and the sole at the least needs to be sanded and refinished but probably replaced eventually.  Some of the running rigging is brand new.  Didn't notice any rust or cracks on the standard rigging. Gelcoat looked in great shape.  Only a couple of spider cracks.  Looked at the bottoms of all the lockers.  All appeared to be clean, no water stains or mold.

The engine is a Universal Medalist 25.  There was a serial number? 412934.  Heat x was 2".

There was water in the bilge.  Looked black at first but on closer look, the liquid was clear but there was a black film on the bottom of the bilge.  Don't think it was oil but not sure.  I would think oil would be on the surface.  Also, in the engine bay there was an oil sorbent pad under the oil pan which was clean and dry.

In the cabin on the port and starboard sides, it appears the vented stanchions leaked because the paneling under the galley sheving had been replaced and there were water stains on the shelving right above the dining seating.  On the port side, I could see a drip on the vent fitting going up through the stanchion.  Didn't notice any other staining at the other stanchions.

Broker said the boat had a hard grounding about 5 years ago.  Owner had the boat repaired.  There was a piece of the floor, which sits on one of the bilge stringers which was cracked but the stringer appears to be intact.  Didn't look like it had been repaired.

When we motored away, noticed the boat was tilted bow down while at the mooring.

I'll post some pictures when I get home tonight.

Main Message Board / Re: Known issues between 1986 and 1989 MK I
« on: September 16, 2012, 04:16:08 AM »
Thanks for all the advice and information.  I have 3 I'm planning to look at.  A 1986, 1987, 1989.  I'm hoping to get a chance in the next week to look at them.

Main Message Board / Known issues between 1986 and 1989 MK I
« on: September 14, 2012, 01:01:36 PM »
I'm looking at a couple of 1986 and 1989 models.  Are there any known issues that were rectified between the 1986 and 1989 models that would push me to the '89 vs the '86.  I currently have a '78 C-30.  I know that after 1986 they replaced the wood mast block with a solid fiberglass one to prevent compression.  Wondering if there were any production items like this between these years.

Main Message Board / Engine hours
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:59:24 AM »
I'm going to look at an '86 with a Universal 25XP 23 horsepower motor.  1700 hours.  Is that a lot of hours for a motor?

Main Message Board / Re: hinges
« on: August 21, 2012, 06:57:26 PM »
Check Home Depot.  I found some stainless steel hinges for a couple of lockers that lined up perfectly.

Main Message Board / Re: Clogged drain
« on: August 21, 2012, 04:08:10 PM »
I just fixed the same problem.  I have a 1 gallon wet/dry vac I put over the drain opening and it sucked most of the blockage up.  Then opened the seacock and did it again.  The rest of the blockage came up.  Only took a minute.

Main Message Board / Re: Rotted Sole
« on: August 21, 2012, 02:55:19 PM »
Not my intention to put anyone on the spot.  Just hoping if I found some problems I could get some advice on what I may be in for for repairs from someone who had gone through it before.

Main Message Board / Re: Rotted Sole
« on: August 20, 2012, 06:33:30 PM »
I know, it definitely sounds like a project.  In a couple of weeks I plan to take a good hard look at it, probably spend a couple of hours at it pulling everything apart, take a bunch of pictures, and come back here to pick your brains.  If it looks like too much work or too many issues I'll pass.  If it's just the sole and some cosmetic issues or small leaks, I may give it a go. 

I don't really need a new boat.  My C-30 runs well and is in great shape but I'd like to have a bit more room in the cockpit and below which the 34 would give me.  Is the aft berth usable in the summer months or does it get too hot/stuffy to sleep.  It doesn't appear to have too much ventilation but I'm just going by pictures I've seen of the 34.  The kids are getting older and we want to start bringing some of their friends on overnights with us.  With the 4 of us it's pretty tight at night, we could probably fit one more kid and still be alright.  I'm figuring with a 34, 2 in the v-berth, 2-in the aft and 2-on the dining berth.

Main Message Board / Re: Rotted Sole
« on: August 20, 2012, 05:44:09 PM »
I called the broker today to inquire.  I asked if he knew how the floor got damaged.  He said no but said everything else works fine and with a new sole and a little elbow grease, $22,000 would get me a nice boat.  I was thinking in the back of my mind "... maybe $12,000, a lot of elbow grease, and $10,000 in repairs will get me a nice boat".

If the boats been on the hard for 2 years, how would I be able to test the engine to see if it works? I don't have any experience with diesels, my C-30 has an Atomic 4 gas engine.  In my A4, I can pour a little gas in the carb & get it fired up for a minute when I have the fuel shut off for the winter.  Is there a way to do this with a diesel? 

It got me thinking after talking to the broker.  I know the broker works for the seller but do they have to disclose any known issues with the boat or is it up to the buyer and surveyor to find the issues.  I know a real estate agent is legally bound to admit any known issues when selling a house.

Main Message Board / Re: Rotted Sole
« on: August 19, 2012, 06:08:55 PM »
Thanks.  That's the kind of information I was looking for.  The boat is fairly inexpensive and I'm assuming there is a reason for it.  They are asking $24,000.  It's been on the hard for 2-3 years.  I plan on a taking a thorough look and do my homework before making any decisions.  I have a C-30 now so there's no rush to buy anything.  If it looks worth it, I'll get it surveyed and then make a decision.  If it's structurally sound, engine runs, and no major wet spots in the deck, I can probably handle the rest of repairs myself.
I'll post an update once I get around to taking a look.

Main Message Board / Rotted Sole
« on: August 19, 2012, 03:55:14 PM »
Any ideas of what to look for that would cause this type of rot in the sole.  Was looking at a 1986 34 on a brokers site.  There was mention the sole needed replacing and this picture was attached.
I'm thinking the mast boot was leaking so maybe I should check the deck to see if the core is wet?

Sorry, can't get the picture to pop up.  It's linked below.  Thanks.

Main Message Board / Re: Upgrading from Cat 30
« on: September 27, 2011, 12:52:49 PM »
Thanks for all the responses.  I've been reading some of the older posts regarding the same topic which has helped.

Main Message Board / Upgrading from Cat 30
« on: September 25, 2011, 04:25:47 PM »
I currently have a Cat 30 and was thinking of upgrading to a 34.  Just wondering if anyone else has gone up from a 30 and how they would compare it.  My primary reason is just to have a bit more space.  My '78 C30 cockpit gets pretty tight when you have more than 4 adults aboard.  Also, we are a family of four and while the v-berth is big enough, trying to sleep on the dinette table berth with one of the kids is too tight for me.  And unless you like the feel of sleeping in a casket, the aft berth under the cockpit isn't a great place either.
I've been looking online at some 1986-89/90 boats.  They appear to be in my budget range.  I'm planning on going to see my first 34 next week that a local broker has for sale.  Anything know issues with the boats in this range?



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