> ...All that is to say look closely for any signs of moisture intrusion based
> on the condition of the decks in your photos. I don't mean to be gloom and
> doom, but you came for honest frank advice. We wouldn't be doing you any
> favors by saying all looks good and doable with minimal cost. It may turn
> out to be fine, but dig deeply.
> Good luck. I hope it all works out in your favor. They are truly great
Thanks JoMeKe - I appreciate this very much and honest and frank is exactly what I want from this. I'd rather have the bubble burst now than get into something way over my head, well mostly way over my wallet, and regret it and be stuck with it.
I did look for signs of water intrusion, but did not see any. I too am worried about the condition of the decks underneath. That water has to go somewhere which may well be the substructure. I didn't feel much in the way of soft spots, but I can only imagine that there would have to be some.
The survey has not yet taken place. It should take place sometime this week or next week. I can always back out before the survey takes place, which might save a few dollars, but I do want to see this through to the end. I can admit to having fallen in love with the boat and have been dreaming about it since setting foot aboard. That said, I can't afford to dump a whole pile of money into the boat, on top of the asking price...even though that's exactly what we all do
However, I am still reasonably reasonable. I am the first to admit that I have boat disease, have had it a long time, and I am happy to report that I will probably always have it. In fact, I wouldn't want it any other way.
I am fairly handy, when things are mostly easy to do. I want to learn all about teak decks, diesel engines and generators. I come from sailboats and gas engines, so the transition seems to be a natural one. I have done all of my own maintenance, not a mechanic, nor do I pretend to be one, but can handle many of the regular items.
But yes, these decks do worry me. And yes, I think these boats are awesome. I've been on a number of other ones, but there is something special about the GBs.