I don't think there is anything wrong with the Hunter from a design/build perspective. Condition is really the issue. And you like the boat.
Rather than spend money on a survey first, do a pre-survey to confirm condition.
Buy or borrow a good moisture meter - a lot less expensive than a survey.
Understanding the Moisture Meter / Electrophysics CT-33 Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at pbase.com
In addition to helping before purchase it is handy to have during ownership for regular checks.
Have you looked at this link? Boat Inspection Trip Tips
Other questions - How old is the rigging? Has the boat been upgraded over the years or is it close to original as far as electronics and other items? A boat that is kept up to date by the owner may be one where things are looked after better than one that is clean but original. Engine maintenance log and receipts are other items to ask about.
Hope this helps.
Yes very much so. I have read the boat inspection tips, as well as some about using or not using a moisture meter. Seems like it would be worth it to me.
Basically we have been in the tire kicking stage, looking at what is out there in our price range to see what size we might like and just what boats in this end of the market look like. We are now hoping to narrow down the search to 2-4 boats and take a closer look to see if we think its worth going to survey.
I now think I can at least spot the extremes of condition some of these boats are in, and I am aware that even nice looking boats can have major problems. But just in the last 2 weeks it seems I can spot sort of a trend. If I spot an interesting boat at a very appealing price I almost immediately think there must be something wrong with it
, because of some of these deals we have seen, where it sounded very interesting, we went and looked and there are things that are just obvious even to me,(rotted bulkheads in and around chainplates, very rusted looking keel bolts, etc) So now I am very skeptical of boats that sound like a good deal. Part of the problem is of course living here on the island and getting over to the mainland is not as easy as if I were living in Seattle. So we go to quite the effort to line up several boats to look at each time we get off island, and unfortunately those we have made the most effort and time to get too have been duds.
Anyway I do appreciate all the advice it is a lot of help.
Thanks again, Brian, Olson34, Brucerobs, delite