I met a guy who has never sailed but wants to start. The deal that is shaping up is that he buys the boat and pays the bills, I teach him how to sail. I get to use the boat when he is not using it. He is about 90 minutes from the boat and has a lot of business and family responsibilities and I am 20 minutes from the boat and will probably be responsible for, provisioning, general care taking and dealing with the yard. In short I'll be his boat concierge,
I have taken him out the last two Saturdays boat shopping. The requirements that have emerged are as follows:
Hot and cold water
Woody traditional feel (did not like the Catalina 30)
Not a project boat, sail-away condition.
Now here is the tough one:
20,000 max cost
1979 Morgan 321 RECENT SURVEY Sail Boat For Sale -
This boat is in his price range and was well taken care of by the previous owner.
At this price and age there are a few things but nothing too scary.
The thing that really concerns me is the salt water cooled very old engine.
What are the chances of this engine lasting a couple of seasons without major work?
Yes I know it depends on the condition but what would you do next?
1. Pass on the boat because of the age and saltwater model?
2. Just listen to it and if it starts good and sounds OK and can run at max rpm without overheating figure it's good enough.
3. Hire a mechanic to check it out.
4. Do a compression test (or other test)
It has new oil in it so I'm not sure if an oil analysis will do any good.
Who does the oil analysis if and when that makes sense?
Feel free to comment on the deal, as if I could stop you.