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Old 12-23-2011
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Opinions on a Tanzer 7.5

I've read a fair bit here and elsewhere about the Tanzer 7.5; most comments seem positive. I went to look at one priced very low and I'd like some feedback from people more knowledgeable than I.

Here is the boat in question: Link, priced at $2900.

I went to look at this boat and the pictures are accurate; the deck seems very solid but has some minor cosmetic issues. This is a smaller boat than I would normally consider, but the fact that it has a real head and a roller furling made me overlook its lack of headroom.
It strikes me as a very well cared for boat that has perhaps been neglected for a few years.

Here are the pictures I took; pardon the quality, they were taken with my cell phone and a flashlight - Link

The Good:

- Very clean inside and out (with some exceptions listed below)
- 6hp 4-stroke with battery charging
- private head
- roller furling
- appears to have been professionally rewired not long ago; nice panel with all wires labelled, although I could not find a master battery switch anywhere
- battery box and fresh water tank seem recent

The Bad:

- Sails in questionable condition. As you can see in the photos the headsail is pretty gross. "I'd be embarrassed to sail that into our marina" - My wife
- I did not unfurl the main, but I did notice that at least one of the sail slides was broken. The sail material seemed "thinner" than what I'm used to, but maybe that's common with smaller boats?

Looking at the pictures for the first time since viewing a week ago, I actually remembered the sails looking worse than what the pictures show. I'm really not knowledgeable enough with sails to know if this is a replace or repair scenario so I'd appreciate some input on that.

- There seems to be a significant amount of fresh water in the bilge, under the settees, and under the v-berth.
- The water under the v-berth was almost black in colour (shown in one of the pictures). Any idea what that could be?
- The hand pump for the head didn't seem to work; felt like the seals might have been gone. Same for the sink pump, but in all fairness I'm not 100% sure there was water in the tank for the sink.
- Keel bolts - I'm not sure if these are normal or not (based on pictures linked above) - thoughts?
- There is no indication as to when it was last surveyed, and the broker said he thought it was hauled and painted this spring. There is a significant amount of algae growth on the rudder so I'm not so sure about that...

Part of me would like to "rescue" this boat; I wouldn't mind putting a bit of money into something like this, but where to draw the line? New sails ($1k to $1.2K per sail I'm guessing) plus other things means I'm getting up into the $5k to $6k range where I could possibly get a larger boat in better condition.

I'm drawn to this because it's cheap and simple, and as a first boat if I don't use it as much as planned I won't feel as guilty as if I buy a 27ft or 28ft diesel powered boat. One thing I did learn is that I can probably live without 6ft standing headroom. Perhaps I need to keep looking.

Sorry for rambling on, but I find writing out my thoughts help me consolidate them. Also I'll use any input to build on my (very) amateur surveying skills
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