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3 years 11 months ago #3236 by DAVID JONES
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Hello. this is the first time I'm posting. I'm not an owner, but with luck I may become the owner of a Brewer 42. I'm going to go see the boat next week. If it passes my first pass inspection, Ill then move to the next level of getting a surveyor, pull the boat out of the water and all that. This is not my first rodeo...

I would like to hear from anyone with experience with this boat if there are things specific to this boat that I should be on the lookout for while inspecting. I'm pretty excited with this prospect as this boat looks fantastic for living on. I'm planning to retire onto the boat in about 2 years. I've been a sailor pretty much my whole life. Can't think of a better retirement option! At least for as long as I can keep sailing...

Any and all suggestions are most welcome. Thank you.

dj

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3 years 11 months ago #3240 by Jim phillips
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Ok here goes, we spent 4 weekends surveying a Brewer 42 before buying our Whitby. We loved the Brewer cockpit as the stepdown ladder is lower than the Whitby. The issue was it had a dead motor and was in the Miami area, Would have to pay Sea Tow to get to a travel lift and then a surveyor.
1) standing rigging, check all of it top to bottom
2) Running rigging and sails, note the age and go over the sails... every inch.
3) Engine, the Lehmans in my mind are best.
4) House bank and generator, you have t really run a generator and push t to see if it is ok, ours is and our neighbors a Westerbeake engine ran good and the windings were bad.
5) Sound the hull, top to bottom, this will make you a believer in the boat, construction in the glass is awesome. Dive the boat, that will tell you a bunch about the maintenance schedule.
Rigging, do the cotton ball test for meathooks and if it is rod rigging be extra careful.
Furler, many can be rebuilt, especially ProFurl, yours probably has two as a cutter rig.
As with all sailboats check each fuel tank, it is worth the time to pull the inspection hatches. I had to recycle 75 gallons of bad fuel from on saddle tank and all from the keel tank.
If you can on a sea trail or run trail, I would advise is a fuel consumption test, do a timed run at full throttle and when you come back pull the inspection plate and fill back to a marker you pre-set, I use a wood stick. It should be in the 1.25 GPH'ish range, higher can mean a lot of bad things. Also if you go to the boat and are lucky that it has old oil, you can pull a oil sample and have it tested. Repowers are hard and costly, I made this mistake. But Lehman parts are out there and a rebuilt lehman is a gem in my mind. Also make sure the engine has a loop, I hear about a ton of engines that get sea waterinside, when the head was pulled on the Brewer we looked at the salt water had ruined the engine.
Check every locker for mold, it will tell you a bunch about deck fittings, hatches and ports... leaks. Make a system list as you go, water tanks, water heater, bildge pumps, etc. and then test and see if each works after you make the list. You get so excited that you see the gear and discount if it works and condition. If it has electric winches, windlass, etc. run them and hard.
Note the location of every through hull and with approval try each, or better let the owner show you they work.
Man I hope this helps and this website is full of great people and experts, they will help you and these are great boats.

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3 years 11 months ago #3241 by DAVID JONES
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Hmm, don't see how to quote you. But in any case, a huge thank you for the response!

Tanks do have me worried. I will find them all.

It appears to be a sloop, not a cutter. I'm guessing it was changed at some point. What do you think of that?

Great point on checking lockers...

I haven't found much on this site about deck problems. I'm thinking maybe it is not common? I'm going to look with a hammer and moisture meter anyway.

This boat has a beta marine, fairly new. I've heard good things about them, Thoughts?

I will report back next week, well, unless I;m in negotiations to buy. Then you might just have to wait with a full purchase report.. LOL ... Of course, I'm hoping that's the case!

Thanks again!

dj

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3 years 11 months ago #3242 by Jim phillips
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Hey one more thing my wife pointed out, note each batteries age, the house bank, starter banks, etc. and how many you have, and the charge/inverter, those are all high ticket items with tight expiration dates. Also before you buy check the back of the fridge/fridges that will show you how much life they have, same with the AC/Air. If it has cold plates the compressor will probably be in the engine room.
Cheers,
Jim

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3 years 11 months ago #3243 by DAVID JONES
Replied by DAVID JONES on topic Brewer 42
OK, I'ma wiz with batteries, but how the heck do you check the back of fridges and AC's to know how much life they have? Also, its already stated the refrigeration doesn not work. They have put in a front loading fridge. I'll probably be looking to remove it and get the original refrigeration working.

What kind of expiration dates can I expect on the chargers/inverters? Like if less than 5 years old, ok, older bad.... or ...????

dj

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3 years 11 months ago #3244 by Jim phillips
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Sloop or cutter, both good as she points higher than a Whitby, I have heard the cutter is more balanced, I know a bowsprit on a Whitby adds balance. That would never be a deal breaker to me or much of a concern? More concerned is to see if she has a stay sail track already?
Also light air sails and spinnaker pole.

I sounded every inch of the deck and found zero soft, trust me I have rebuilt soft decks and cockpits, the glass work is outstanding. Sound around stanchions, I found a tad of water in the bow, because of bad sealing.

The hammer never lies and I have seen bad moisture readings, not a pro on that, Sounding a Whitby or Brewer is amazing and I have sounded great boats.

I think Beta Marine engines are great and that is a great upgrade you will not have to pay for. Owners do love Lehmans.

Great boats! We modified the stern quarters and have a queen, plus the heads are perfect size. Best of luck and Godspeed!

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