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Old 02-20-2018, 03:05 PM   #21
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I expect this boat to be purchased by an antique boat fan who would keep it under cover and lavish attention on it. Someone who already has antique cars, or antique airplanes, or antique motorcycles. Maybe an antique checkbook that never runs out.
I wrote much of that listing write up and the listing itself has been turned over to a broker intern here at Bradford Marine. I have been told by the former caretaker that the hull is wood, and it was double planked and then glassed over.
The exterior is pristine, when the paint or varnish crews were not busy here at Bradford they would work on this boat. I saw a boat tech remove an air condition raw water hose and replace it with a new one because there was marine growth inside the hose, it was easier to get a new hose from the parts department rather than clean out the old hose.
The boat is a gracious older lady, that led a pampered life with the best of care, but systems are older and will need more care over the years.
Inside storage here in Fort Lauderdale would run from $30,000 per year to $100,000 per year at Lauderdale Marine Center at only $5 per foot per day for undercover. the rest of the country will be less in most places.
Here is a little of the engine compartment.
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Old 02-20-2018, 03:09 PM   #22
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I'm going to take a guess at $100K/yr minimum for operating and maintenance expenses.
Well now that's just silly. Where did you come up with a number like that?

Oh, wait, that's the same number that I guesstimated. Never mind.
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Old 02-20-2018, 03:17 PM   #23
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Not knowing much of the costs associated with a vintage ship of this size.
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That answers your question. No, you should not purchase because you don't have a true understanding of what is required to maintain it-time, effort, or cost. A post on a forum might give you some ideas but not the knowledge you need.
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Well now that's just silly. Where did you come up with a number like that?

Oh, wait, that's the same number that I guesstimated. Never mind.
Definitely higher than what I had expected, but I have never owned an older, larger boat like this. She sure is a beauty for the right person.
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Definitely higher than what I had expected, but I have never owned an older, larger boat like this. She sure is a beauty for the right person.
Need an unlimited budget and must be willing to exceed it.
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This is a very unusual boat as it was maintained for the owner of Bradford Marine in Fort Lauderdale with no regard for cost. Bradford Marine, currently with over 129 employees, has in house diesel mechanics, electricians, painters, plumbers, air conditioning technicians, carpenters, fiberglass workers, and more who took care of this min yacht for the owner of the business.
That is the kind of home she belongs in. I hope the next owner can lavish her with the same kind of care.
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I would only buy this boat if I was extremely wealthy and had an unlimited maintenance budget. Beautiful boat, but on my budget it would not stay beautiful very long...
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