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The age old question

Do I buy the boat or not? She's a Carter 33, the current owner did some . . . rough fiberglass work all over the entire deck, and entire salon. Overhead work will be required to fix it.

The rig looks great, the engine looks great, the sails not so much. I think it probably could use rewiring and replumbing. Not sure if the stove/oven works.

Sounds bad right? The price is only 6500.00. We can do the work, but at what point do you know it isn't worth it?

Also does anyone sail the upper bay with a deepish draft boat? (five and a half feet)? Seems kinda limiting to me but I don't know. I currently draw four feet and three inches and only run aground about once a year.
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if the sails were good , it did not need new plumbing , electrical, the stove worked and the rigging was new maybe it would be worth it. offer them the price of the lead in the keel plus the core charge on the engine, thats what it is worth and then maybe it will be worth it

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Re: The age old question

It's one thing to buy an older (but sound) boat that needs hull paint.. when you're sailing her you don't actually see/notice that... but to have a boat that's an eyesore the entire time you're below, and it's a problematic issue to fix?.. hmmmmm.

I'm with OB.. scrap value offer and maybe you can 'make it work'. There are so many older boats for sale these days it's likely you can find with needing less work for similar asking price..

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Thanks for the input guys. The standing rig looks really beefy and nice. In fact when I close my eyes I see it and it's beautiful but that's all that is. Hahaha.
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You are able to see subpar quality work the owner has done. I would be concerned about the things that have been done that I can't see.

I would pass.

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Seller tried to keep us from looking inside until the sun went down.
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I would like to make a suggestion

How to Buy the Best Sailboat: An Updated Edition of the Leading Consumer Guide With a New Chapter on Selling a Boat
by Charles Gustafson

I just finished and it was a great primer to have and think about a new boat.

Right from the beginning it asks you to think about what do YOU WANT.

Do you want to cruise, do you want to sit at the dock sipping craft beer (that allow will help you decide if you want a big or small cockpit).

just a thought and I am sure there are other books


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Re: The age old question

I guess the question comes down to how much work is going to be required to bring her back and if you are up to it. If it's just cosmetic that's one thing. If you have to redo poor structural repairs, that's another. The price is certainly attractive.

The Carter 33 is an early IOR design - with all the good and bad that means. Very light for a 33 footer of the time so should sail pretty well in the light air you get on the Bay, especially going upwind.
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