A guideline response to a newcomer asking for advice

You can spend little or lots of money on the wrong squib… there are few wrong Squibs …  but I have had 300 plus of them in my garage and the questions would be:

  1. how much is your budget
  2. how capable are you on renovations
  3. how long have you got
  4. have you got a good workshop
  5. which boats have caught your eye
  6. do you want to race it successfully

 Come back to me—I’ll advise--  you can buy what appears to be a cheap boat—but if you want to race it it might end up very expensive .. the following is my checklist:

  •  hull
  • deck
  • rubbing strakes
  • floors- Internal woodwork
  • fittings and systems
  • mainsheet track / horse /traveller
  • tanks
  • rudder
  • sails
  • mast
  • rig
  • boom
  • pump system
  • ropes /sheets / anchor
  • TRAILER  !!!!!! 

Ask the seller to deliver the boat….you’ll soon find out if the trailer is roadworthy !!!!

Contact me for more guidance - Tony Saltonstall

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