we have been looking at cc 36-42ft tournament sport fishers. The ones in our budget are usually cosmetically challenged in the 42 foot range. The last one we looked at was caked with caulk around the inside of the windshields and the post on the left side in the galley was split at the base. To fix these windows, can I pull all of the window frames completely out and reseat them.  Also what is up with the compression post on the left? What’s behind all that that could be rotted. Some of the side panels around the windows looked ok, but you could push your finger through them from rot. Is this rot structural? Or just cosmetic?  All help appreciated. Thanks. 

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There are some pictures in the models section with members names.  You might try sending a friend request with your question to them.  I'm not sure if they are active so don't be disappointed if a reply is slow to arrive.

Good luck, btw a friends once told me the cheapest boat is the one that needs no work.

Tim

Yes, windows can be pulled and re-bedded. But I'd be wondering, if they did a band-aid approach on the windows, what other shortcuts did they do? Rotten wood on the interior is a sign of leaking.  My advice is up your budget a bit and start with a better boat. Repairs are expensive in time, labor, and materials.

Yes Jim, it’s very obvious that boats of the lower threshold of their given price range have had both poor maintenance and or neglect   The question remains what can be done to bring them back to their former glory and to what actions are needed to do so.  In this case, knowing what’s behind and below the window framing is what is needed to be known as well as the compression strut support. a boat that needs no work is a new one and sometimes not even then.  almost every boat in a convertible I have looked at either has leaked or does leak around the windows in either Chris craft or Hatteras  it’s obviously a common problem and I am looking for information as to remedy the problem 



Jim Frens said:

Yes, windows can be pulled and re-bedded. But I'd be wondering, if they did a band-aid approach on the windows, what other shortcuts did they do? Rotten wood on the interior is a sign of leaking.  My advice is up your budget a bit and start with a better boat. Repairs are expensive in time, labor, and materials.

Chris--I am puzzled by your picture. It appears galley down arrangement? The earlier 36 tournament sportfishers as far as I know were galley up. My 1973 36TF is galley up and as far as I can tell has none of the mentioned leaky window arrangement. All of my salon windows (except the small triangular ones ) slide and have drain channels. The 42s probably have the arrangement you show. 

This is a 42

Al Edwards said:

Chris--I am puzzled by your picture. It appears galley down arrangement? The earlier 36 tournament sportfishers as far as I know were galley up. My 1973 36TF is galley up and as far as I can tell has none of the mentioned leaky window arrangement. All of my salon windows (except the small triangular ones ) slide and have drain channels. The 42s probably have the arrangement you show. 

What year.

That is a 70's 42 i would bet

1975

John W Even said:

What year.

Have a 1980 42 sf in excellent condition, strong 6v92s, nice electronics, 200 gallon bait tank, fighting chair, tuna tubes, killer outriggers, very nice interior etc. We are looking to move up to mid 50 ft sf.  If your budget is 100k pm me . 

Getting ready for her bath.   

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