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Old 12-09-2008
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Are you sure it has a diesel engine? Many T30's were equipped with Atomic 4 gasoline engines. A diesel would be considered an advantage by many people although my T27 still has a 41 year old A4 engine in it.
MaineSail makes good points but he also likes to make money on his boating transactions and spends a bit more up front then you seem able or willing to. We got our 1967 T27 for $4K with everything in working order. A T30 at our club recently sold for $5.5K in working order but in need of work (all older boats need work). Even if you fixed up a boat like this it would not likely be worth more then $10K upon resale (if you are lucky).
That said, hulls are repairable, wiring is not that difficult to replace and you will learn as you go. A great book for embarking on this adventure is Nigel Caulder's "Boat Owners Mechanical & Electrical Manual".
Good luck.
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