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And how did the bottom look when you had it on the lift? And the keel bolts, and the rudder, and the steering cable/gear? Did the deck flex when you walked around? Most boats that old will require a survey for insurance by the way. Hope you got lucky!
huh what lift? you saw the title of my post right?
I am still friends with the seller, they were nice people. Deck did not flex, had steel supports inside that were added - this boat was the nicest Irwin in that range up and down the coast that I could find and I looked around quite a bit. Really in great shape and was well cared for, he had just done the bottom on her first year they had her (had her for 2 years) and really did a lot of nice work on the interior etc. I looked at older boats and this one was in the best shape I had seen of all the older boats. No flex at all anywhere - very solid boat and I could tell a lot of care had gone into her.
But hey who knows for sure...I bought an old boat, so I figure there is some risk I am assuming but I also know that new boats can have a zillion issues out of the gate too.
I paid cash for her and at the quoted rate of $1800 a year I am not going to insure her, I will get liability for the marina and save the $1800 a year in an account for anything that may go wrong. That's just way too much for a $15K boat.
I have sailed most of my life just not on the ocean and most boats were 20 FT, so I have a lot to learn but am in no way a newbie in the strict sense.