Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Olympia, Washington, USA
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67 Islander 33
I'm looking at a 1967 Islander 33. The boat seems to be in decent enough condition, mostly the normal stuff for a senior citizen, but the deck over the cabin flexes quite a bit, I think that all the plywood needs to be replaced and some ribs added. The owner started the repair by tearing down some of the wood. It sounds like this isn't a huge repair for these boats but enough to knock down the price quite a bit. The head has been removed but there is a new one ready to be put in. The sails look pretty good and the interior is in nice shape, in need of elbow grease and cleaning. I haven't had the boat pulled out and surveyed yet, so I'm not sure what the hull looks like, the owner says he thinks it is in pretty good shape. The deck and the hull need to be painted, as well. I like the boat, I have to admit it is ugly but charmingly so, like most things from the 60's. The owner is asking 7000 bucks, I was thinking about offering him 5000, dependent upon the results of a survey, until I found out about the extent of the work it needs and now I'm not sure if I even want to make an offer or make a very low offer, like 3 or 4000. The question is, what do you all think? This would be my first sailboat and I don't want to take on a lemon but I don't mind doing work, I actually enjoy it. I want to use it to sail around the Puget Sound and up into Canada and as a live aboard for myself and my daughter. Would a low offer be an insult or reasonable? Thanks for reading...