There is a chance that as soon as you started asking smart questions, the broker knew you would never buy and made an excuse. -Minniewaska
Funny but not true.
I went buy the boat today as I jhadnt read your thread. On the outside the boat looked in very good condition. While I was there amna drove up with a ladder and he was the one who put the contract on it. We talked for a while and I got to see the inside with him. He knows what he will need to do to bring her back to snuff.
What i noticed on a quick look was that there may have been multiple points water go in through windows, as well as the bulked and tab where the chainplate was located. This may have disqualified the boat for me as that is usually a sign of wet core in that area for a while. The boat was in average shape in the inside. Elbow grease and some work would have fixed her up. Normal crazing for a 30+ year old boat on the outside.
The VOLVO looked scary. Rusted and not taked care of. I can only compare to my 30+ year old Yanmar whic looked brank new compared to it. This indicated to me that maybe it wasnt well maintained. The engine room floor was stained also.
I think this boat would have presented you with more problems than it was wortth in the long run. Too many danger signs.
I can appreciate looking for a jewel in the rough to fix up, but it needs sound bones, Buying a more turn key boat has its advantages, but its also nice to customize and replace to what you want. Keep looking Julie,,,you find the one that youll be smitten with.