1962 CC Sea Skiff

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by LibertyCall, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. LibertyCall
    Joined: Apr 2011
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    LibertyCall New Member

    I am going to look at a 27 foot Sea Skiff hardtop with an asking price of $4500. The photos of the boat look great; but then again, the last wooden boat I owned looked great until you looked carefully.

    In a prior post about Sea Skiffs on this site, the writer stated that the transom and the stem are potential problem areas. How does one evaluate these areas? What else should I look at? The engine is a Chev 283.

    LibertyCall
     
  2. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    I have a 27' Sea Skiff, 1960, with the original 283 still in it. I've also restored and repaired quite a few as well.

    There are a host of areas that will need carefully, knowledgeable inspection, before you purchase. If the guy doesn't know Sea Skiffs, then call someone else.

    The wise choice is to have the boat surveyed by a qualified and familiar specialist. You can look over the boat all you want, but it takes years of experience to sort through all the likely places that issues tend to hide. If it was here, I'd know precisely the first places I'd look, if for no other reason then to save myself the bother of crawling around in the bilge looking for other stuff.

    Last word of advise, do not even believe what the owner, former owner or any of his friends or cohorts say about the boat. First off, they probably don't have a clue what they're talking about and most importantly, they're trying to sell the boat, so they just naturally going to lie about it. Some more things, don't let anyone tell you it doesn't have rot, it does. I don't care if it was museum kept for the last 40 years, it's got rot in it. If it has a 'glass sheathing on it, turn and run in the other direction as quick as you can.
     
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