HR 352 Walkthrough
Finally I was able to have a decent walk through inspection of Wanda today. The first job to tackle was the obligatory inspection of every drawer, cupboard and storage compartment. We spent 6 hours or so on that, and soon ended up with 9 garbage bags full of refuse; old clothes, tins of old food, empty containers, old rope/lines, old life jackets etc. Not much treasure turned up unfortunately, except for a new Raymarine VHF still in its box.
Overall Wanda appears to be in the condition I expected, based on the photos sent to me and the survey report. There is quite a strong smell of oil & fuel when you enter the cabin, which I wasn’t prepared for. Also the teak decking is in poorer condition than I anticipated. Already I have a feeling that she will require much more restoration, and many more hours than I initially estimated.
The Yanmar Engine looks in pretty good condition, as you might expect for an engine that is seven years old. The headlining is in good condition and is clean. Some of the cabinetry is still in very good order, particularly in the aft cabin. The head is clean… I’m running out of things to be positive about here!
I guess there is an almost endless list here… The hull has 2-3 large stress cracks on the port side due to significant impact. The port side rubbing rail is broken in many places and looks like it needs to be rebuilt from scratch. Apart from the expected stress cracks, there are also 2-3 patches where I can see filler has been applied. This concerns me as it suggests a previous incident or accident. That was not mentioned in the survey, which I am not happy about.
The cap rail is damaged on the port side, as expected. However, in many other areas the cap rail is also splintered, cracked and broken. The entire cap rail structure needs to be replaced. The teak decks are badly worn; most likely they are too thin in places to sand back and restore. The locking components and handles to the 3 main hatches are broken or missing.
There are noticeable cracks on the port side saloon cabinetry; these appear directly where the hull stress cracks show. I’m beginning to wonder if the stress cracks may hint at more significant structural concerns.
There is a layer of diesel/oil residue all around the turn of the bilge. There is a strong smell in the cabin due to this residue. The Max Prop propellor has suffered from galvanic corrosion, and has become pitted and badly worn. The engine coupling has turned into a ball of rust. I noted a lot of ducting pipes; these have become very brittle and broken. The seacocks do not turn and have large amounts of some type of oxide formed around them. The holding tank has a large leak stain. There is also evidence of water damage, and water stains throughout the cabin.
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