Originally Posted by awahl
The previous owner has offered to make some of the repairs -including the rudder. I'll factor that and some other things we discussed in the equation.
I think it's one of those "judgement calls"- where there is no wrong or right decision...(which is in a way worse than a clear yes/no type decision...)-
Letting the previous owner make repairs now can look like a good deal but since the repairs are going to be made by someone who didn't take care of the boat when it was his how good will the repairs be.
When it was his boat the motivation was safety and pride of ownership. Now that he sees it as someone else's boat the only motivation is making the repair "look" good enough to get paid.
The judgement call thing is 100% right. If you are in love with the boat as it looks more shipy than the Catalina financial calculations will not prevail.
Now that you have benefited by some outside experience please post the details about the estimates you get and your final decision.
These details will help the next person in your shoes.