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Exclamation Quick Q's for purchasing a boat this weekend?

Hello again, everybody!
We recently posted a thread asking about the ID of what we've come to find is a Hurley Silhouette, 17'. We're going to have a look at it tomorrow in Manteo, NC, but tonight we're in Wilmington with a few questions about some other boats we've looked at.

We viewed a Catalina 22 today. Year 1982, owner was asking $2500. Problems we found included a damaged swing keel with heavy rust. The line from the wench is frayed as well. The entire bottom of the boat will definitely need to be refinished; The hull has very shallow pits about the size of an eraser head that I'm not sure if they are blisters or not. The exterior wood also needs to be refinished. On the plus side, the boat seems very sturdy with no soft spots on the deck and the rigging and sails are in very good condition. The trailer also seems to be nice as well.
Can anyone tell us if this seems to be a fair price? What could those pits be?
If they are blisters, how do we go about repairing them?

Later on we viewed a 1976 22' Tanzer. The young man who owns it says it hasn't been out of the water in 4 years. We only looked over it briefly because it was dark by the time we got to the marina, but it seems it will need some tlc on the inside. However the owner does stay on board during the weekend and seems comfortable doing so. At a glance the interior feels sturdy. The engine runs well and started easily and the deck and rigging seemed in strong condition. He'll be taking us out on it in the morning to show us how everything works and we'll inspect the condition of it further. He's asking $1800. Our biggest question right now, is what can we expect of a boat that hasn't been out of the water in so long?
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