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Old 11-13-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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What is the most interesting thing the PO left on your boat?

Well, what is it?

The owner of my boat left a ton of stuff some of it useful and some of it not. Actually, 2 owners ago...as the owner before me never cleaned out half of the lockers. I found the normal stuff, 600' of rope, extra anchor, extra impeller, belts, screw and bolt assortment, manuals, ect. I also found a stack of the PO's humm, shall we say entertainment material. 50 or so dvds of it. it was the most organized stuff on the boat. now, i am owner of a boat and a very 'homogenous' collection of, humm, entrainment.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:34 AM   #2
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On the boat I bought before this one the owner left everything except his 1/2 gallon of Tanqueray gin.

On this boat there was an extra anchor and about 150'of 1/2" line, a few fenders and dock lines. Not much, and nothing real interesting like the entertainment material mentioned above.
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:07 PM   #3
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There were tons of sealed quarts of diesel oil and transmission fluid under the galley cabinet. I also found a small sentimental gift (old fishing lure) with a message from the deceased father of the owner... it had a nice message from father to son. I made sure to ship it to the owner.

The PO had a huge water bladder stuffed inside the v-berth storage compartment as ballast. I removed it and installed a freshwater tank and pump.
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:37 PM   #4
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A Danforth anchor mounted on the sundeck. A very large angled piece of pipe with a square socket in one end. Took a while to figure out it was an emergency tiller. No maintenance log, but manuals for the Furuno radar set and depth sounder. Did have the complete survey from the previous owner's purchase of the vessel.
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:51 PM   #5
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The PO & his wife conveyed pots, pans, utensils, plates (paper & plastic), cups, water glasses, dish rack, placemats, toaster, field glasses, hundreds of spare parts from engine filters to impellers, toilet repair kits, alphabetized manuals of all ship’s systems in a file box, and, full diesel tanks. There were lots of other, useful items left aboard, way too numerous to itemize here, but all the stuff was either neatly packed in trays or boxes, or, were found in their original boxes, like the beautiful brass magnifying glass in its’ original box. Oh, and I’d be remiss to fail to mention, his slip mates at the marina said the PO and his wife worked every weekend, cleaning and polishing, getting the boat ready for sale. The surveyor, after his 8 hour inspection said it was the newest looking 25 year old he’d seen yet.
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Old 11-13-2013, 02:00 PM   #6
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:08 PM   #7
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I bought a boat with one quart of oil, three expired flares, one of those cheap double drawer plastic things under the sink and a couple of sink stoppers. Nothing at all basically, And it never occurred to me that a boat wouldn't come with "stuff" -- if I'd have known then what I know now I'd have stripped our boat before sale and sold off the spares. Not totally, but with our 40'er went 600' of anchor line in a spool in the cockpit bilge, a spare Balmar alternator (brand new) plus goodness knows -- everything. I do regret not keeping the ships' wheel (brass) as I could have replaced it with something else. I did keep a bookcase my dad built for chartkits and are log books. And I wish I'd kept the weather station and 8-day clock. I miss the chimes.

Still, like many others the new owner got a boat with the spare parts he bought. Live and learn, eh? Oh yes, and there was even a spare shaft, because who knows when you'll need a spare, plus two extra props. We always swore the boat should have been named Redundant. But gosh, she was pretty.

This was home: (Daddy built her in the 50's (long and narrow of course, and over the nearly 50 years we owned her there were substantial alterations as is natural when you own a home for that many decades)



Enough nostalgia from me.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:26 PM   #8
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The PO left everything down to a huge stock of liquor, all dish-ware and utensils, appliances big and small, spare parts, special tools, full propane tanks, furniture in and out, wall art, spare parts. The boat was complete and ready to hit the islands with just a few more provisions. In fact, observing how the boat was outfitted has been a lesson in how to stock the boat for months at anchor in the Islands.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:50 PM   #9
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He left everything in perfect condition. Custom sheets; spare prop; dishes; glasses; silverware; grill; tv; all lines; 2 anchors; complete set of manuals and records; flares; pfd's; etc. etc. etc. he then took the boat over to the fuel dock with me and put in 300 gallons of fuel then paid for it, saluted me, handed me the keys and left.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:16 PM   #10
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He left everything in perfect condition. Custom sheets; spare prop; dishes; glasses; silverware; grill; tv; all lines; 2 anchors; complete set of manuals and records; flares; pfd's; etc. etc. etc. he then took the boat over to the fuel dock with me and put in 300 gallons of fuel then paid for it, saluted me, handed me the keys and left.
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He left everything in perfect condition. Custom sheets; spare prop; dishes; glasses; silverware; grill; tv; all lines; 2 anchors; complete set of manuals and records; flares; pfd's; etc. etc. etc. he then took the boat over to the fuel dock with me and put in 300 gallons of fuel then paid for it, saluted me, handed me the keys and left.
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and all i got was a locker full of unusable porn.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:28 PM   #12
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Unusable? But then I'm not sure I want clarification on that one.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:31 PM   #13
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When I sold my trawler, it was going from Chattanooga to Saugatuck, Michigan. When they came down for the inspection and survey, I told them that the price was the price. If they wouldn't pay it there was no deal. They took it, and were concerned about provisioning and locks. When they flew down to pick up the boat it was provisioned, full of fuel, and a large cooler on board packed with ice and drinks. They spent the night on board. I got on with them the next morning to run the first 100 or so miles, and do the first three locks. They got the hang of it, and my wife picked me up.

We stayed in touch for years as they cruised. Then the gentleman passed away. I am glad the boat went to such good hands.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:47 PM   #14
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Mine came with, among other things, a large tupperware container of assorted battery chargers, and another full of about two dozen bottles of various brands of boat wash products.
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:33 PM   #15
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I found a "personal massager" left by the PO daughter that lived aboard for a while. Other than that nothing interesting, just standard boat stuff. Some spare filters and stuff that nobody would have a use for other than on the boat. Also a lot of nearly completed projects!
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:50 PM   #16
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When I sold my trawler, it was going from Chattanooga to Saugatuck, Michigan. When they came down for the inspection and survey, I told them that the price was the price. If they wouldn't pay it there was no deal. They took it, and were concerned about provisioning and locks. When they flew down to pick up the boat it was provisioned, full of fuel, and a large cooler on board packed with ice and drinks. They spent the night on board. I got on with them the next morning to run the first 100 or so miles, and do the first three locks. They got the hang of it, and my wife picked me up.

We stayed in touch for years as they cruised. Then the gentleman passed away. I am glad the boat went to such good hands.
Nice! That's the stuff I like to hear... Except, of course, for second to last sentence in final paragraph.
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:20 PM   #17
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This spring we purchased hull #1 of the Nordic Tug 42 model line. In among the various manuals was a photo album with photos of our boat being built, from the plug fabrication through the various moulds to completion. What was interesting was to see how much of the original vessel was still in place, and what had been upgraded.
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:28 PM   #18
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This spring we purchased hull #1 of the Nordic Tug 42 model line..
The NT42 is among my top 5 boats. (I won't say where it is on the list.) I like all the NTs but after being aboard a 32 & a 37, when I boarded a 42, it blew me away! IMO, it's the perfect boat for the PNW.
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Our Tolly came equipped with nearly everything needed for groups of days aboard. Also, many hand held and unique tools as well as parts kept me busy reviewing and categorizing for several assorted days. She came to us real clean too and in good general as well as great mechanical condition!

But... what ended up becoming my favorite “inherited” piece from PO (unbeknownst to me for about three years) was a rather plain looking 21” o.d. classic, wooden, spoke-end pilot's wheel; with small brass hub that had hung on salon wall. I’d taken it off board. The poor old wheel was set aside in our dock box... cold or hot and damp!

THEN!!! A fellow with same year, model and equipped Tolly as ours advertised he had an exact duplicate to our original AC and DC and genset electric control panel... including all the dials, gauges, main breakers and minor breakers. He would accept no cash... but would trade for something classic and “Marine Like”. Really wanting that duplicate perfect condition electrical control panel I scratched my head and offered all sorts of items... none interested him... till I shined that wheel and sent him a pict. He loved it and the trade went through via mailing some 700 miles between us.

Man I really dig (i.e. love) having that really perfect electric control panel duplicate to our already perf condition panel. Little did I know what great value to our boat that old pilot’s wheel that was to become!

I store the extra electric panel aboard – just in case!!!

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I found a "personal massager" left by the PO daughter that lived aboard for a while. Other than that nothing interesting, just standard boat stuff. Some spare filters and stuff that nobody would have a use for other than on the boat. Also a lot of nearly completed projects!
Boy, sounds like a lot of people use their boats for all kinds of "recreational activities" besides boating. When we took possession of ours we collected about one plastic storage bin of useful spare parts, and then filled an entire dumpster with junk to the point where the lid wouldn't close on the dumpster. Blow up toys that wouldn't hold air, half used bathroom products, crusty pots and pans, empty small propane bottles, twelve corduroy salon curtain panels...and a whole lot more, right down to the PO's wife's underwear. But we got a good solid boat and an excellent deal so I'm not complaining.

Oh, and a diamond ring under one of the berths - we had high hopes, but it turned out to be glass from Walmart.
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