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Re: $1500 Catalina 27

I agree with the run don't walk away theory. Add up what you would need to spend, then take that amount plus the 1500 and find another boat.
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Re: $1500 Catalina 27

I agree with everything said previously... However, there could be some things to consider. IF you want a project, AND the boat is in sailable condition now (including engine), you may want to ease into sailing by gradually working on a boat while sailing it. If your aim is to have a boat that is as nice as the ones selling for $8000, you will spend more than that by the end. However, if you just want to get out on the water, and want to keep the boat simple, it could be considered. Walk away from anything that has not been sailed regularly.

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Re: $1500 Catalina 27

Would agree with getting something that will sail pretty quickly. Sitting in a hot yard somewhere is the least fun way to enjoy a boat. I picked up the HR28 for a little more than your 1.7 had her in water in 2 months and have found it a very affordable refit. And yes I love my smooth quiet powerful Atomic 4. But it did have electronic ignition and prop upgrade when I bought it. But 18 mos later I am still surprised how easy she came out of 8 years of storage. So it can happen fairly cheaply but I did look this boat over with lots of help before making an offer.
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Re: $1500 Catalina 27

The best you can hope for in buying a boat is to actually get what you pay for.

Take your extra cash and buy a nice Cat 27 for $8k, and when you want you can sell it and get most of your purchase price back.

Buy one for $1,500 and when you sell it, you'll be out half or more of the $$$$ you'll put into it, ignoring the weeks or months you spend fiddling rather than sailing.

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Re: $1500 Catalina 27

A piece of advice I received while boat shopping was:

"The cheapest boat is usually the most expensive"

I heeded that advice and traded size for condition. Assuming it fits your use case, find the nicest most well maintained boat that fits your price range.

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Re: $1500 Catalina 27

Even the nicer Cat 27s of that vintage around here sit on the market until price drops to about $4500. I would set that as a safe marker for resale of a refitted older Cat27. They are a dime a dozen... But let's face it vintage boats in 20-27' rarely sell for or have to be purchased for real money. Look it over good. I made prev owner start the A4 as part of the nego...Even if you are good with engines that unknown A4 could get pricey... If you do go for it get to the Moyer A4 forum for lots of help from knowledgeable guys
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