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post #3 of Old 03-01-2008
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The fuzzy one gives good advice. Moody makes a good boat, as a general rule, but a boat that is 30 years old could have a lot wrong with it due to poor maintenance and bad owners. 30 years of neglect can kill even the best of boats.

If you're serious about the boat... get estimates on what replacement costs for the things that need replacing will be, and add 25-30% to that figure... and then add that to the price of the boat... and ask yourself if that still is worth it. If so, put in an offer... and if the offer is accepted—get a survey... Adjust the price according to the results of the survey and if they accept...congrats.. you're a boat owner.

Another thing to consider is whether sailing or working on the boat is more important to you? What are your long-term sailing goals and plans. If a moody fits in with them, and you've got a good price on the moody, taking a year off to out fit her and restore her might make sense. If not...then walk away.

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