Re: Looked at the Ranger 26
Here's a tip from my search - the longer I looked, the more I became convinced that (in the 0-$15,000 boat purchase range for a boat this size) increasing the boat purchase kitty by another $3000 typically eliminated a similar amount of parts and labor I was going to have to do myself. In this price range you often get what you pay for.
Not saying there aren't bargains out there. But a good rule of thumb is that most people overstate the asking price for their boat. If the price is really cheap, this guy might actually pay you to take it off his hands, and maybe for good reason.
1987 Pearson 28-2, Deale MD