The moment of truth has arived. I just received the survey for the 38' lobster boat. The following is the observations for the Outside of Hull, Decks and Superstructure. This is a bit long but I wanted to provide as much information as I could so that all of you could make informed comments:
OUTSIDE OF HULL:
The wooden hull is in generally good condition. The carvel plankiing is sound and it was reported that the boat had been re-fastened two years ago. Transom is good condition. The boat is hogged slightly in the after end and some of the bottom planking has pulled away form the transom. Cotton caulking has been inserted in this opening and has contributed to forcing the plank out. It would be recommended that this caulking be removed, flexible synthetic caulking be installed and the affected plank be re-fastened to the transom. Keel, deadwood, sternpost, horn timber and skeg all in good condition. Shoe at bottom of keel is pulling away at the after end and one other area. The after portion of the port sheer guard is rotted as is the after end of the starboard guard which extends only to amidships. There is no starboard guard form amidships aft.
Main decks in fair condition with some plywood delamination and craking noted in some areas. Cockpit deck fibergass covered and in generallyn good condition with the exception of the area around the hatch where there is delamination and som rot in the plywood. The after portion of the port toe reail is rotted as well as several other areas in the port and starboard rails. Mooring bitt and deck fittings in good condition and securely mounted. Deck block for forward eye is rotted.
Trunk cabin sides and ends in generally good condition, however rot was noted along the bottom edge in the forward end and in the forward starboard corner. Trunk roof somewhat spongy and the plywood is lifting at some locations aroud the edges. Pilot house sides in generally good condition, however rot was noted along the bottom edge in the forward end and in the forward port corner. Pilot house roof slighly spongy but in otherwise generally good condition. Windshields in good condition. Keeper on starboard windshield is pulled away and mounting block is broken. Pilot house windows and fixed ports in trunk in good condition. Facia in good condition with the exception of some rot in the ater end on the port side in the pilot house. Some rot also in the bottom framing memeber of the winter back. Handrails in good condition and securely mounted. Cockpit ceiling and coamings in good condition. Engine box in good condition. There is no escape hatch forward and it would be a good idea to install one on the trunk roof.
That is a portion of what was documented. I can tell you that the price I will be paying is fairly low due to certain cercumstances. The question is, is the "Marie Anne" a good bet. Let me know what you all think.