The other thing is that once you "own" it, and it turns out to be unsalvagable at a reasonable cost, then you'll be responsible for getting rid of it.
A lot of boats, that appear to be fine at first glance, were damaged, sunk or reduced to salvage as a consequence of the hurricanes last year. You'd be better off spending a bit more money, as it will generally cost you a lot to fix a "damaged" boat, usually far more than it would to buy a workable one in the first place.
You don't say what kind of skills you have in re-building, restoring boats, and probably don't have the skills to do alot of the work yourself....having to hire someone makes the price go way up.
Also, if the boats were abandoned, you may have trouble getting proper paperwork on them. The people selling them may or may not have the legal right to do so.
As for two people with no experience taking off on a boat... that's a really good way to become a Darwin Award Winner
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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