I went to look at a possible yacht to buy in Waikawa. It was a bit overpriced for what it was, and not in the greatest condition. I’m looking for something that is Cat 1 or can be made Cat 1 without too much effort. This unfortunately isn’t quite there but it seems doable if the price came down quite a bit.

Basic specs:

  • Steel sloop, soft chined with fin keel.  Cutter rigged, with hard dodger.
  • Ganley Tara 39 design, built by R Clauson in 1986.
  • LOA 39′, beam 12′, draft 6’6″, LWL: not sure.
  • Engine: 62hp GM 2/71 diesel.  1 alternator of 3 not working, but otherwise engine supposedly runs well.  Cruises at 6-7kn, max of 8.  Has some spare parts.
  • Fuel: 290l
  • Water: 630l
  • Rigging: Galvanised (alloy spars)
  • Sail wardrobe: Main (slab reefing), furling headsail, 1 & 2 genoa, staysail.
  • Berths: Supposedly 6, but I’m not sure that’s possible right now.  V-berth is currently storage instead.
  • Head: marine flush with holding tank (size unknown)
  • Cooker: LPG 2 burner, grill and oven.  Not working, but don’t know what’s wrong with it.
  • Galley: plain old kitchen sink, needs replacing with deep double basins.
  • Electronics: Coursemaster autopilot, VHF, Furuno radar (24 mile), Furuno GPS, Lawrence depth sounder.
  • Looks like it previously had SSB, but has been removed now (backstay has antenna built in it appears).
  • Ground tackle: 5 anchors, 2xchain + warp.  Not all seen.  Electric capstan.
  • Dinghy: 2.6m Aquapro RIB with 4hp Suzuki outboard
  • Safety: Lifering, danbuoy, 4 lifejackets, 2 electric and 1 manual bilge pump
  • Water: Hot and cold pressure water.  Heated from engine and 240V, but not currently working.
  • Compressor based freezer.
  • Wood burner (mad).
  • Solar panel.  No specs, but looked like maybe 80W-100W, and probably a bit degraded now.
  • Battery charger.
  • Petrol generator
  • Fenders, not inspected.
  • Topside hull condition: mostly superficial rust and rust stains
  • Bilge hull condition: could do with some maintenance
  • Interior: Very basic and ugly and could do with some work
  • Not sure what the box under the solar panel contained (aft deck).  It couldn’t be opened.  Maybe an old small liferaft?
  • Previously NZ registered ship.

To get to Cat 1, I figure at least the following would be needed:

  • A fair bit of general maintenance and rust treatment, etc.  A few deck fittings might need replacing.
  • Sails: Probably could do with a new main, and use current as a spare.  New storm trysail.
  • Hull: Needs survey (+ultrasonics) to find out if this is okay or not.  May need new surfacing and antifoul, new sacrificials, etc.
  • Stanchions/lifelines may need work.
  • New fire extinguishers.
  • Engine compartment ventilation improvements.
  • Smoke, CO, O2 detectors.
  • SSB, plus emergency antenna.
  • Liferaft.
  • Offshore first aid kit.
  • New EPIRB.
  • WeFax.
  • Emergency tiller.
  • Sea anchor/drogue.
  • Tool kit replacements, sail repair kit.
  • Non-skid on decks may need to added in many places and replaced in some existing places.
  • Low quality charging electronics needs replacing.  Batteries and solar panel probably need replacing now as a result.
  • 2+ harnesses and tethers.  I suspect existing life jackets would need replacing too.
  • Grab bag, new pyros, etc.
  • Should really have AIS-B but not required.
  • Fog horn.
  • Needs additional bilge pumps to meet Cat 1.
  • Radar reflector.
  • New jack lines.
  • May need new bosuns chair.
  • Couldn’t see plugs for through-hulls, so would probably need to get some made up.
  • Galv rigging mostly seemed okay, but I couldn’t see it all, and some might need replacing.
  • Some additional handrails and supports in cabins.
  • Lee cloths (and attachment points) seemed non existent and may need to be installed.
  • Probably new anchor chain.
  • Oven needs to be fixed.
  • Alternator needs to be replaced.
  • AC heating needs repairs.
  • Realistically, probably needs wind vane or similar self steering added.
  • Probably should also have a wind generator/turbine for DC.
  • Need to get existing papers, documentation, if it still exists.
  • Re-registration.

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