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Re: [IslanderFreeport41] Choosing the right IF41 - OHHHhhhhh Jeez

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  • Don
    I am a member of this group and the other group you re talking about called FOGgers. I m the owner and moderator of the FOGgers so I ve heard it all when it
    Message 1 of 33 , Jul 30, 2013
      I am a member of this group and the other group you're talking about called FOGgers. I'm the owner and moderator of the FOGgers so I've heard it all when it comes to fixing up and or upgrading the Freeport 36, and we have members that have spent quite a few bucks on our 30+ year old boats too. Like someone here said I also equate these older boats to classic cars, and you can make them as fancy as you want, but whether it's a classic car or a classic boat they all need some work in time. I considered the IF41 because I really liked the interior room and layout, but I didn't have the money to go through a boat that large. I decided to look at a smaller boat in B or A condition I could afford, that would still leave me money left over for upgrading and or repairs. In my case I went for the IF36 and it's been a good choice for me, but I wish it had the room of the IF41.
      s/v Grasshopper
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      Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 8:57 AM
      Subject: Re: [IslanderFreeport41] Choosing the right IF41 - OHHHhhhhh Jeez


      Thanks Rich.

      I sure didn't mean to assist in driving you away. I think Rich has put it into perspective once and for all. I believe I did say that Teri and I want so much more than the average boat owner. Thus we are in many ways, our own worst enemy.
      I also agree that if you are going to live dockside for a while, you could be extremily comfortable in an F41. I think that is why we all love them so much.
      Living aboard would also give you the opportunity to start learning the boat and really find out if this is what you want.
      There is another Islander that would also make a nice live-aboard. The Islander F36. These are very nice boats with a lot of the amenities of the F41. There is an F36 Yahoo Group you might take a look at.

      In the early production of the F41 there was another version built. I believe this is before R. Perry did the re-design.  I saw one of these listed in Houston or Galveston on Craigs List for $19,000. It's worth looking at if still available.
      But I still recommend the best surveyor you can find. Tell him what you want done and what you need to know.
      Certainly don't want scare anyone away from this lifestyle.

      Hope this helps

      From: Slip Away - Rich & Jan <rich@...>
      To: IslanderFreeport41@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:26 AM
      Subject: RE: [IslanderFreeport41] Choosing the right IF41 - OHHHhhhhh Jeez

      Hi All,
      Ok, it sounds like all the talk of problems and costs by me, Len, Steve and others has given the wrong impression to some of you.  Arjen is spot on as far as I’m concerned.  Any old boat will cost money to fix up – it just depends on how much money you can spend, and how much you want to fix it up.  We met a family of four cruising the West coast of Mexico and Central America on an IF41.  They were on a very tight budget, and frankly the boat wasn’t all that pretty.  But it was safe, and it got them cruising for a number of years.  We last saw them in El Salvador, so I know they made it that far.
      Really, it depends on what you want to do.  If you buy one of these boats, you first need to make sure it’s safe.  First, make sure the wiring is up to snuff.  If it’s original, plan on replacing it, as it’s dangerous.  A fire is probably the worst nightmare on a fiberglass boat – or any boat for that matter.  Then make sure the thru-hulls and valves are in good shape – a failure here can sink your boat.  After that it starts to get more optional.  The mast step problem has been discussed – but we don’t have that one as ours is deck stepped, not keel stepped.  The tanks will likely start leaking if original, so maybe replace those at some point.  And try to make sure the engine is in good shape – sorry about the “disguised” cylinder head crack, Len.  But hard to avoid that kind of bad luck/karma.
      Our CN engine died, and we decided to replace it with a Yanmar 110hp in FL.  The engine was about $12,000 alone, and the installation we hired out was another $13K.  So $25,000 for a new engine.  Did we have to do it that way?  NO.  We could have bought a new CN block, rebuilt the original using many of the existing stuff, and probably cost less than a third of what we spent.  But hurricane season was on the doorstep and I didn’t want to stay in FL while we rebuilt the CN.  And I also wanted a purpose-built marine engine used all around the world so I wouldn’t have to deal with a marinized one-off.  But the CN is a very good, reliable engine.  Just make sure you have a good heat exchanger manifold – one of those marinized parts hard to come by.  But you can probably have a really nice one custom made for less than we spent for our repower.
      After the safety stuff, it starts to get much more complex and expensive.  We were fortunate to have saved enough money to fix ours up to be comfortable for us.  For example, all new electronics, new watermaker, new alternator, two new refrigeration units (refr & Freezer), new heads, new overhead panels, rebuilding the settee, etc.  None of it had to be done before we left.  In fact we left with all the original sails – they were old and tired, but served us well for the first four years until we got to the east coast USA and had HOOD make us a new main sail – figured crossing the Pacific wasn’t too prudent with the original main.  And we’re still using the original mizzen sail – it’s really baggy, but still works!
      So like I said in my first response to this.  If you want to live at a dock on board, and go out for a daysail occasionally, you don’t need to spend too much to do that safely and comfortably.  But if you want to do a circumnavigation safely and comfortably, it’ll be much more expensive.  Your choice.
      Slip Away, and some of the others here have pretty high standards for safety, comfort, and cosmetics.  We spend a lot of money on it.  But the safety stuff is all that’s really necessary.  All the rest of it, just depends on how much you have and how much you want to spend.  It’s our only home, so we don’t scrimp too much.
      Hope this helps add a bit of balance.  I still think the value for the price of these boats is great – especially for a safe, comfortable platform to take you anywhere you want to go in the middle latitudes of the world.  Now I gotta go clean the bottom. . .
      s.v. Slip Away
      in Viani Bay, Fiji
      From: IslanderFreeport41@yahoogroups.com [mailto:IslanderFreeport41@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Arjen Jonkhart
      Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:12 AM
      To: IslanderFreeport41@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [IslanderFreeport41] Choosing the right IF41 - OHHHhhhhh Jeez
      Hey John & Jesse,
      Don't go away yet! I for one would not want to do without my IF41, and think that I made a most excellent choice for me and my family.
      I have no idea why it almost sounds like people want to talk you guys out of purchasing one - especially since most of the things that have been mentioned are relevant to almost any older vessel. The reasons for getting into a 35 year old sailboat is because they are "affordable". It is not like you are spending 300k for a 2005 Beneteau, right? So, the compromise is that some things have to be replaced, and some things can be fixed. If you are the type of person that want things "your way", then be prepared to shell out some dollars for the customizations. It is almost certain that you will never get the investment for the customizations out of a 35 year old boat anymore, so think twice, and only do the things that you can't live without.
      I think that the "bones" of the IF41 are hard to beat for the price. It is a very elegant vessel, with a very spacious feel, and tons of storage. Is she a hard charging ocean living sailboat - probably not. But that does not mean that she won't get you where you would want to go. Just a little slower, with a few more precautions.
      I am still very happy with the purchase I made in August of 2012. And yes, I did spend a few more dollars than the purchase price - but I was expecting this.
      Get a great surveyor, and make the jump. It is worth it.
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    • skipper_geno
      Hi Jess. After I had the Genesis surveyed 11 years ago I found out the survayer was not approved by my insurance co. And after a bit of time they accepted the
      Message 33 of 33 , Sep 20, 2013
        Hi Jess. After I had the Genesis surveyed 11 years ago I found out the survayer was not approved by my insurance co. And after a bit of time they accepted the survey. I should have listened to them because I've paid the price for all his mistakes. My suggestion is going through your insurance co. or going through Boat U.S. for qualified and licensed surveyors in your area. One other thing comes to mind is have the U.S. Coast Guard check the boat out, they can tell you if it's Coast Guard approved for safety.Best of Luck... Gene Genesis in San Pedro, Ca.
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