30' for $15-20k -- dangers?
I'm seeing a number of 30' boats in the 1976-1980 range (C&C,
Catalina, Lancer, Santana, etc) around the Puget Sound area for $15-20k, and of course lots for $29-30k. If I bought a $15k boat from 1978, presuming the engine checked out okay (some of these are Atomic 4 gasoline) would I be likely facing any safety issues, or does the price likely mostly reflect their age and relative paucity of fancy electronics? I'd be mostly daysailing, at most weekending around Puget Sound. In 5-10 years when my son's bigger we might want to cruise as far as the San Juan islands or Port Townsend. No racing, never offshore. I'm mostly concerned with a safe boat for casual use that would give my family a decent ride (ie., not flailing around when it hits a powerboat wake), able to be shorthanded -- say with one BCC/BB-qualified skipper and another adult who could be directed to tack a jib from the cockpit.
Last edited by anthony11; 09-07-2008 at 01:03 AM.