Didn't get past the axle trailer...
But read the moral of the story. Yeah, totally agree with the "don't trust anyone selling a boat" thing. I hear nightmares esp on motorboats where people think they can hand over a check and go to Bermuda. Not so much!
My dad and I went to look at a Flying Scott in eastern VA before we got our clunker. We were lucky enough at that stage of our boat knowledge that a "competing buyer" from a local yacht club came out, jumped up and down on the inside of the hull... it BOUNCED with all the rot in it. He was kind enough to fill us in that we could purchase a NEW FS for what we'd have to put into that one.
And gee, the seller only wanted $400... tried to tell us that it's low serial # *might* mean it was "valuable".
Look for another sucker, buddy.