Between £10-15k split roughly 50/50 between stripping/making good and laying new if it is only the side decksOk, so back from our road trip and now on the hunt for the next boat. Have seen a few and considering placing an offer on a 36' Ben which unfortunately is due teak deck replacement. Before I place an offer (or at all), I need a steer on likely costs to strip and remove old teak (proper teak, bonded) and refit faux teak. I know it is how long is a piece of string but considering mid range quality and worst case scenario (i.e. deck fitting removal). Complete job, not got time to do such a task. I really am looking whether it is £1k, £3k, £5k, £10k or £20k - to the nearest £5k please. Thank you
Checkout Cargreen yacht club on the Tamar . Deep water swinging moorings and certainly not solent pricing .Thank you everyone, some encouraging comments and even better suggestions. I was more concerned that I find a boat and literally have nowhere to keep her. So, get our holiday out the way and start the serious search when we return in July.
Ideal boat for us would be a Beneteau 361, Bavaria 36 type.
Agree with all this.Welcome to the challenges of buying a 20 year old boat. Major replacement items like sails, rigging, engines are out of proportion to the cost of the boat. Typical values of such boats are around 20% +/- replacement cost and new gear is related to replacement cost.
However if you have a reasonably long time horizon (5 years+) then you recognise that you are consuming a big chunk of the life of such items during that time so will have ongoing replacement costs. So the expenditure at the start reduces the future costs and enhances the future value when you come to sell.
While rigging change will be essential you can still use the boat with old sails. Engines are pretty robust, as are saildrives so lack of recent service would not be a particular cause of concern and you could always make it a condition of purchase that the seller has it inspected and serviced by a main dealer. However the knackered teak deck is the big killer but that cost could be half if you just have it stripped and painted.
No easy answer except to set a budget overall and try and maximise what you can get for that amount of money. In my view it is better to buy with most things OK and pay more than take on a boat like that one with too much of the budget required for replacement and upgrades.
What about looking in the other direction, roads from the MIdlands to Ipswich much improved in recent years.That’s an interesting idea. We’re midlands based and still working (for ourselves), so anywhere we want to sail is a minimum of 3 hours drive (if we exclude the Bristol
channel). Plymouth isn’t too much further and can still reach Dartmouth and Salcombe as well as the Cornish coast. Thanks for the suggestion, just quite liked the idea of the sheltered Torbay if weather and tide are less favourable. Mind you, there’s Plymouth sound of course.
MDL keep texting me offering 12m berths on the hamble, can’t recall which exact marinaOpen to anywhere west of Portsmouth and on South Coast. Everywhere I have tried seems to have a waiting list. Probably the legacy of C-19(?). Needs to be a pontoon walk-ashore set up as given our location, will be arriving late evenings to maximise sailing time. Don’t fancy a tender row at 10pm on day 1 - it’s been hard enough convincing the wife.