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Buying a Horizon 40, Maybe??

I have a few questions regarding a boat I am interested in. My girlfriend and I are currently landlocked in Canada but have been saving up to purchase a boat likely in the Florida / Caribbean area this fall (oct - nov). We plan to sail around the carribean and then possibly take a vessel through panama and cruise up to vancouver then liveaboard for summers and bluewater sail in winters.

I have worked on luxury yachts and backpacker charter yachts for the past 6 years as well as having a ym 200 so I am fairly confident in my sea skills however I have basically zero knowledge about boats under 20k.

We have found what seems to be our dream boat on sailboat listings.com. I don't have the ability to post a link, but it is a horizon 45 for 22k 1987, should be easy to find.

I do have a few questions:

I have negotiated a good cash price at a significant discount from the asking but I really don't know anything about horizon. I have read that it is a good bluewater boat, but that is limited to google searching. Does anyone know about these boats and if it would be suited to my needs?

Any known problems on horizon and what to look for on inspection?

The boat is upriver in yankeetown florida, good surveyors in the area?

The boat has sat in a fresh water river for 4 years, is that a good or bad thing? What are the pros/cons of a scenerio like this?

I also noticed a registration number in one of the photos and looked into it online, the owner's name does not match the person I have been in contact with. I have lived in florida before and i vaguely recall strange rules with clear title etc. Any tips on this?

Thank you all in advance for any advise you may have for me.
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Re: Buying a Horizon 40, Maybe??

Don't send any money until you are absolutely certain you are dealing with someone authorized to sell. There have been a lot of cases down here of people renting out and selling properties not theirs. Could be they're moving into boats. Be careful. Heck, be paranoid, it doesn't cost anything and could save you a ton of money.

Sorry, I can't tell you anything about the boat itself.
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Re: Buying a Horizon 40, Maybe??

A blue water 45 footer for under 22k is 150k project boat.
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Re: Buying a Horizon 40, Maybe??

OK, something is off about that. That's way too cheap for a decent boat of that size with a clear title, etc. And it's going to cost you to go see it, yet I can't imagine negotiating anything without doing so. I'd want some proof of ownership provided before making any trips.
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