June 2011: Survey


    Well, we've looked at over a dozen boats in the past year form California to British Columbia and we think we've found one that will fit the bill. Our starting criteria was a comfy cruiser that's easy to maintain with no hull issues or major engine work needed. During our search we have determined that we like a pilothouse layout with a cutter or ketch rig. There is a 1975 CT 35 pilothouse ketch in Port Orchard, WA that needs some work but is well within our budget. We're up in Seattle for the weekend seeing some friends and took the early morning ferry out to Bremerton to take a look.


    Here she is, pleasant overhangs on both ends, a cutter ketch rig with a self tacking staysail, a long bowsprit and dinghy on davits. Major issues with this boat are a rotting pilothouse, some bulkhead damage and well worn teak on the topsides.


    Forward decks are enormous. You can even see some of the pilothouse rot on the stbd side of the overhang .


    Cockpit is even more enormous. Three lazarette hatches, all hinges look wasted away. Will have to replace at least a few teak strips but as they are mostly short, narrow and straight this will be a minor project vs replacing a rotted sprung deck.


    Compact foredeck, the box is a propane locker that really has no place up here and will be removed. The bowsprit is solid and shouldn't need much more than cosmetic work besides beefing up the anchor rollers on each side.


    The rig is in good shape, all the wooden spars have been replaced with aluminum. Wooden spars are a big problem with most of these boats so this is a big plus. There is some minor corrosion near some of the hardware that will have to be addressed but this is pretty common.


    Like a well lit living room, the salon has 6'2" headroom and teak everything. There is an inside steering station and engine controls. Diesel tanks are below the port side settee and the quarterberth.


    Looking aft. Visible are the quarterberth, galley and the pilothouse deck beams.


    Engine access is fantastic, you can get at all sides but the aft port corner by removing floor panels. This is very very important for us as most modern boats wedge the engine under the companionway stairs with barely enough room to change the oil, much less change any components.


    Head needs lots of work, the aft bulkhead is soft near the hull, the plumbing is a mess and the layout a little hoaky. Will probably start over from scratch.


    Vberth forward. Behind the forward doors is a chain locker and the samson post, some scary propane plumbing and the disconnected port/stbd navigation lights. the vberth is split by the mainmast. With the sloping sides, we should have enough room to raise the sleeping platform slightly to make a cozy double berth on one side.


    Mr. Bruno has walked all around the decks and sniffed in every corner. He approves.


    Talking turkey with the broker. We like this boat a lot but have to weigh how much work we're willing to do, We'll definitely be back for a detailed inspection, a sea trial and an out-of-water survey.


    Bruno is tuckered after a long day on the water. We're headed back to Portland to scratch our heads and crunch some numbers.


    We'll spare the 400 photos of our detailed survey and sea trial. Suffice it to say we found plenty more issues but nothing so heinous that we can't fix it ourselves. It's actually remarkably convenient that all the problems lie in some discipline in which we have experience working on. It was good to have the survey and sea trial on a crappy rainy day. It definitely highlighted some of the negatives so they could be weighed against the positives.


    Sounding the hull. These old Taiwanese built CTs have a variety of probems inside and above but seldom an issue with the hand laid fiberglass hulls. They are quite overbuilt with nearly 1/2" of glass in the turns of the bilge. Ballast is a crapshoot of iron scraps encapsulated with concrete. Not nearly as good as lead but then that's what was available at the boatyard.


    Lower away! With no hull issues besides almost-gone zincs, a poorly prepped and applied bottom paint job and some barnacles she's looking like a nice stout hull.


    Steaming away. She sure is a pretty boat.