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Messages - SV Sand Pebble

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Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: June 09, 2019, 03:31:33 PM »
  Thank you for the link. I have a feeling mine may have the same problem. My boat has sat for awhile do to the owner having some health issues, the reason for the sale. I thought I heard the belt slipping, the electronics were on, all lit up and the motor was trying to run. By the way nice boat in your picture, mines more of an off white, you cant have it all. Yet I feel it's been awhile since she was buffed out, that should spruce her up.

Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: June 09, 2019, 10:01:09 AM »
  Thanks Kevin, the old owners are moving out their stuff this weekend, we will be moving over to 17-8 or 14, I will find out on Monday and move the boat Wednesday. I will take you up on your offer and drop by and see you real soon. By the way much of what you pointed out was right and my final offer reflected all the many great pointers offered here. There is no looking back for me now, it's my boat come what may, I will make her mine now. I can see I have a good foundation but a lot of work ahead, especially learning to sail again. It's been 15 years and most of my experience was on smaller boats.

Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: June 09, 2019, 04:49:13 AM »
 Thanks Lori and Brian, Jim your right I can be obsessive  at times so it's nice to have a new friend point out the need to proceed with a little caution and to give this new adventure some time to till me what it needs before blindly throwing money at it. I maybe got a little pixie  dust in my eyes Lol. That  what we use to say about new employees starting at Disneyland, so much enthusiasm.

Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: June 08, 2019, 10:01:18 PM »
  Another long day, at least today ended with my final purchase of my Catalina 34. thanks everyone for your help, now the real work begins.
  First thing is repair an exhaust
Leak, all new rigging and the repair of the refrigerator, wish me luck. Did I mention the surveyor said above average condition, pride of ownership? Yet still I can see me sinking in $10,000 to get this boat to its hay day. I'm looking forword to the journey with all of your help here God willing.

Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: June 07, 2019, 06:24:07 PM »
  Thanks guys.
  As of now we're still haggling at 6:30 p.m. California time. It looks like this may close tomorrow if all goes well. The old autopilot will have to do for now I asked for $400 for repairs to it, if not the money I'll go to my future new one. I hope I'm back on tomorrow saying I have myself a boat.

Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: June 06, 2019, 09:08:40 PM »
  Thanks Noah.
  About the autopilot, that was it is my understanding the cost for a new one installed is about $1500.00 I will be lucky if it needs replaced to get $750.00 taken off my purchase price. I hope to be the owner before the week is out.

Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: June 06, 2019, 07:23:22 PM »
  Hello all.
  I just wanted to give a follow up on my boat buying process. It's been a learning process. 6-5-19 survey day, my possible new 1987 Catalina 34 was taken out of the water, no Catalina smile and no blisters. The surveyor of my choosing said both the hull and deck looked great, no hull blisters, it did have a few on the keel, the surveyor said no worries if on the keel. We did find an exhaust leak between the engine and muffler, that is being fixed. The original 4000 autopilot tried to work but it either had likely a belt problem or a motor problem, Ether way they said, owner and broker it would be fixed or a price adjustment, yes I heard $1500.00. The standing rigging is good but old and should be replaced and adjustments to price is happening. The main sail has plenty of life left but the front sail, jib or Genoa Sail? has been repaired a few times and only has a few seasons left. I get the survey back tomorrow 6-7-19 and will have the surveyors evaluation to go to bat with. I almost wished I did not meet the owners, beautiful people. On a second thought it doesn't matter, good business is when all parties are happy or should be in the light of reality.
  Again thanks guys and gals for all your feed back during this newbies boat buying process.

Main Message Board / Re: I bought the boat
« on: May 22, 2019, 05:33:07 PM »
  A big congratulation on your new boat, I still remember way back like it was yesterday when I purchased my first new boat. Wait a minute it was yesterday or should I say last Friday. A great feeling to have so much to learn and so much adventure ahead. I don't know about you but for me this forum was the nudge I needed to go ahead and make that step. It felt good to know that I could get with so many others with Catalina 34's to trade idea's and get advice from. My survey is June 5Th 2019.


Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: May 20, 2019, 06:03:31 AM »
  That was great, you guys really went all out. I want to party with you guys if our paths ever cross. I don't think I can match your level of ceremony so it looks like I better get creative in my own way not to insult the Gods. Thanks for my Monday morning laugh and showing me the good spirit that resides in the Sailing Community.

Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: May 19, 2019, 12:45:24 PM »
    Thanks Jim, Paul and all.
  I think my boats name change will come about like any good relationship with a woman does: I will be true to you, take care of you to the best of my ability, I will never neglect you. In return I expect you to take care of me even when I make a few amateur mistakes.
  Then remove her old name off the back of the boat and then remove any all objects from the boat with her name on it. A toast with my favorate beverage with one drink going overboard to Neptune Lol, no seriously why take the chance of pissing off Neptune.

Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: May 19, 2019, 05:50:05 AM »
  Thanks again my friend. This forum has reminded me of the good times I had in my youth with my car club. I had a 1966 Chevy Chevelle, the club was fun and its members were a great resource for upgrading  the performance of our cars and learning new skills to do it
 Yes, there will be a new name.

  SV Transcendence if the name is not taken, it maybe do to the the Influence of my girlfriend be the Sand pebble.
  I will let the forum know how the survey turns out.

Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: May 18, 2019, 05:07:53 PM »
  Here's a picture of  my knew 1987 Catalina 34. The only thing that may get in the way now is a bad survey but I don't think so.
  Don't look at the price tag. I'm leaving the price out, out of respect of the owners privacy.

Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: May 18, 2019, 03:02:38 PM »
  Thanks so much, it took me 4 children and 41 years for the dream I had at age 17 while walking on the docks of Alamitos bay California to come to fruitation. I'm so ready for this chapter of my life. I'm 58 going on 17 cool. Pictures to come soon.

Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: May 18, 2019, 12:40:24 PM »

    Hello Stu, scgunner, Kevin, Noah and all.

  My offer was accepted yesterday on a very clean stock Catalina 34, the one I had mentioned here. It was a long hard day of haggling with a very close call to no deal. But in the end a good deal was put together, I feel good about it. Now the deal will move to a complete survey including engine, rigging, deck and Hull inspections, of course everything else I hope. I'm looking for my own inspectors in the Long Beach Los Alamitos bay area if any one has experience with a trust worthy surveyor in these parts. Now I know I will be even more grateful for a forum like this. :clap   

Main Message Board / Re: Prospective Owner Questions
« on: May 16, 2019, 12:51:37 PM »
 Thanks, Stu and Noah.

  Noah, yes I agree what good is great sails if you have very poor rigging. With good rigging I can hoist a rag but with poor rigging someone is going to get hurt, maybe someone I love. Stu, I have one more boat in the morning to look at and then I think I will present an offer on one of them, if it's the the bare bones boat my offer will reflect the big picture with so much great help here.
  I was totally surprised yesterday to see one boat with a poor paint job in the cabin. If painting is a must make it beautiful and light. Another one I seen yesterday on my 300 mile trip had its navigation table cut in half to fit a re refrigerator in its corner, but it did have $8,000.00 dollars worth of navigation equipment and electronics. I would not dream of defiling a boat to fit a $100,00 refrigerator, call me old fashioned. My father God rest his soul always taught  me " Your home, your garage, your tools, your car and I will add your boat is a reflection of the condition and the shape of ones mind".
  Oh yes, nothing wrong with adding a $100.00 dollar fridge, just dont cut the boat up to do it.

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