If you are patient, there is always a good deal in the area. We have a late '70 Oday that is in fantastic shape. I can't think of anything that is wrong with it, other than a self inflicted issue (ran rudder aground). Got it about 4 years ago for $4K and have put only maintenance money into it. Could sell it today for the same if not more. Gems are out there in this area. This boat was surely kept in a garage 8-10 months a year most of its life, and that makes the difference. People ask its age and cannot believe its more than 5-10 years old.
For boats at this price range, the price of the boat is on par with slip/maintenance/storage fees, so look for someone who would have to pay the next bill (fall is usually best, followed by April-May). They will always drop in price right before as fees are usually non-refundable.
Also check out marinas for boats left behind. We just picked up 2 22' boats for $100+/- with trailers. We cleaned them up and did the necessary repairs, and we will be keeping one and are selling the other this spring ($3K). These are not advertised, so you have to ask the manager.
If your going to be on Oneida Lake, keep your eye out for a shoal keel or a swing keel, you'll be happy you did. Also remember, especially if your looking for a good motor, that you can take the Erie Canal/Oswego Canal to get larger boats from the Finger Lakes, Buffalo, Lake Champlain, Hudson River, etc. You could motor it home, fixing the little things on the way and have a vacation.
Good luck, you may need it!
Boat: O'Day 25 / Sea Ray 270 Flybridge
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