Newbie here_some questions
Hello, Ive been lurking here for some time. I'm looking at a 1978 Mainship Mk.I with a Perkins 165 turbo. I've read that they can have soft spots on the deck and flying bridge. I'm more concerned about the engine/tranz/shaft/cutless bearings. The hour meter stopped working at 700, the owner states approx. 25 hrs each summer for past 10 years-so hes estimating 1000 hrs. The boat was just pulled out of the water last week. Is there an easy way to check mechanicals while out of the water? The owner is elderly and only wants 10,000. I was recently looking at the same model in Vermont-but it sold the week before I went to look at it for 24,000. The owner says it needs TLC. I'm not opposed to doing glass work or even an Awlgrip job myself.
I would like to do the Great Loop and spend the winters in Florida/Bahamas when I retire in 3 years. Hopefully I will learn the boat inside out by then. What do you think?