How difficult will it be to repair a transom?

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by Schoonner, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. Schoonner
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    Schoonner Senior Member

    I found an affordable sailboat. The price is right, but the transom is cracked.

    Stats:

    1979 Bayliner Buccaneer 272 $100.00 O.B.O
    28 foot Sailboat
    Fixed keel sloop
    No motor
    Great condition except cracked transom/motor mount (Needs 4 bolts and a piece of wood? Prob ably not that big a deal.)
    It is also time for the carpet interior to GO! (Will negotiate if you want me to remove) I would reccomend replacing it with foam insulation
    Main sail and jib in great shape, (missing some rigging?)
    Power Inverter
    THe refridgerator runs great off the battery
    pretty new marine battery and battery charger works well

    No trailer, bottom needs scraped has been sitting at anchor for 2 years now. I was living in it until recently just fine, but I'm taking the solar panel to the new boat. Oh, and she leaks VERY slowly, could be condensation or the crack in the deck/companionway hatch.

    The owner says she floats and is at anchor right now.
     
  2. tunnels

    tunnels Previous Member

    Best in this case would be to post a picture or 2or 3 ans show us what ya got . A crack my be just that or could be just a stress crack and the galss is not damaged but could be weak ! Who knows ??
    A picture a two is worth pages of dialog !!
    :p:D:p:)
     
  3. Schoonner
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    Schoonner Senior Member

    Okay, I can ask him, (It's all the way in Olympia... ((Long Ways))
     
  4. tunnels

    tunnels Previous Member

    When dealing with Glass what looks like a seroius problem to some really is minor to others . So it might only be some thing minor To repair and just need some bracing inside to stop it happening again !!just need to see what you go inside and out !! pictures !! need pictures !!.:D:p
     
  5. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Schooner, considering your experience levels, you'd be best advised to stay away from these types of projects. In short, there is no such thing as 30+ year old boats, that cost $100 and are in "great condition". It's in "great condition" because you haven't a clue what to look for. Run, my boy, run as fast as you can in the other direction.
     
  6. Schoonner
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    Schoonner Senior Member

    LoL Okay, thanks that's what I needed. =0)
     
  7. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    Get a survey if after having a look you are still interested.
     
  8. CatBuilder

    CatBuilder Previous Member

    PAR and Gonzo are right on track here. Sometimes, boats are worth less than $0. Sometimes, it costs more to dispose of a derelict than you can get in parts from it.

    I see no harm in looking, but you really need to take pictures and know what you're looking for. Quite a bit more reading up on boats may help with that.
     
  9. Schoonner
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    Schoonner Senior Member

    Okay guys, thanks. I was going to take my RV Park manager down and have a look, but he doesn't even want to look at a buccaneer with me. Says they were worthless when new.
     
  10. Schoonner
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    Schoonner Senior Member

    HUmm I found an actual free 26ft yacht, but it has no outboard and would require a long shaft one. Some rigging is missing, and it needs two jib sails, but one is gone.
     
  11. rwatson
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    rwatson Senior Member

    Free + transport + somewhere to store it + somewhere to work on it + cost of expert survey + tools to strip it apart + materials to replace it ..........

    They are giving it away because its costing them money to have it sit and rot.

    If you have the money, enthusiasm and know-how to stop the rot - then consider carefully.
     
  12. Schoonner
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    Schoonner Senior Member

    No such thing as a free yacht then? Okay, I think I need a job... or two.
     

  13. rwatson
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    I know - its a shame.

    I found it to be very true "The first ten thousand is the hardest to save"

    But then, its really easy to spend :)
     
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