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Ranger 28 Purchase?
Realize most of what the seller told you means nothing, the really important information is what he has chosen not to tell you...The more info a seller discloses, the more likely he has bad things hiding under the clutter of his disclosures.
Don''t go near this boat without an excellent surveyor and an engine survey - check out the cost of a replacement engine for the AT4.
No one on this board can offer you an informed opinion on the costs of putting this boat into fully servicable condition, not even the right number of zeros needed in the figure. I''d observe it''d only take a minute to total up a list of possible repairs for items not yet mentioned, totalling 2-3 times the asking price.
If he''s asking $6k, it isn''t worth $6k, and it is reasonably feasible it isn''t worth anthing.
Ranger made nice boats. My advice, buy one, but look for a 28 or 30 for $10k-$15k described as "needs nothing", "sail away" and "fully refurished by well-know yard". Then have the surveyor prove them true - you''re much more likely to get what you pay for and to then spend your time sailing, as opposed to become a boatyard wraith...
Think of the purchase price of a "needs work" boat (often not described as such) as just a downpayment on a total figure you wont know for a few years. Butting an old and/or neglected boat back into Bristol condition is simply a financial massacre, the best solution is to buy a "best example" from someone who''s paid with their blood and money. Costs more up front, but reduces risk and pays back in fun and free time, and you''re much more likely to get most of your expenditure back.