As I was looking this vessel over the keel bolts/bilge issues were the only thing that struck me as anything more than cosmetic. There was some minor blistering on the hull above the water line (five or ten bumps the size of a pea).
A rebuilt engine was installed in 2008 with less than 50 hours on it. New sails in the last 5 years. The insurance survey from 2008 lists the topside, deck, hull, as "good for age" and the bilge is listed as "clean and dry". Under the recommendations the surveyor listed: "The fiberglass tabbing has broken free in several areas where the interior plywood structures are attached to the hull. It is recommended to clean both surfaces and re-attach the fiberglass. This condition has not caused a structural weakness at this time." I'm not sure if this is the bilge condition the surveyor is referring to or not....
A lot can change in two years... and this bilge is pretty clearly not clean and dry. Also, the "fiberglass tabbing" is probably talking about the bulkheads and furnishings inside the cabin no longer being properly attached to the hull and deck.
The vessel started with an asking price of 29,000 and then dropped from there. I have a very limited budget for getting a boat ($20,000) and I guess what I'm really trying to decide is if this boat is worth making an offer on (I was thinking of offering 6K since they need the boat sold before spring launch at the end of next month) and then dropping 10-14 thousand dollars into it. The owner also informed me that the deck hardware needs re bedding. Any thoughts on the matter?
I'd point out that you can probably get this same boat in fairly decent shape for the same $20,000, and that spending just a bit more money on the front end can save you a lot of money on the back end.
Also, if the deck hardware needs re-bedding, there's a very high chance that the deck may have issues as well as the bulkheads and such. The bulkheads are plywood and if the deck has been leaking for any period of time, they may be rotted.
EDIT: also I forgot to mention that there was this much water in the bilge while the boat was in the yard on stands, although it was after a hard rain, is this normal (I'm thinking it's not)?
If it leaks this much on the hard, I don't really want to think how much it will leak in the water.
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