I am faced with a dilema. We found a design we very much like for our sailing needs - a 1989 Pearson 31-2 - but it has a few problems.
The current owner thinks the world of it (of the 9 P31-2s I found in Soundings & yachtworld.com his is priced #2) but I think about 28% less of it.
Here is the worst of it. (Not yet having had it surveyed - I just visited it for the first time today). These images do not quite do it justice.
The deck was painted (brush & roller I'm guessing) with an as yet unidentified paint and is a shoddy job. Poor coverage and shiny in places but dull in others. I assume the product was designed for boats but that may be optimistic based on other additions and maintenance items. Looks like crap when you're standing over it, but not from a distance. Luckily he didn't go after the cabin top or cockpit.
Here's why I went 550 miles to see it:
Why I'm even still bothering is that the interior is very good, the engine looks
clean and overall the boat is in good shape.
But then there's the details. Here's a typical bit of gear:
Rusted steel spring clips (a la Tractor Supply style as I would use in the clevis pins on my Ford 640) in about half the turnbuckles, home garage style battery charger (alligator clips and all) instead of a permanent mount, anchor shackle moused with #12 automotive wire - insulation and all. Real chicken-sh*t yardwork. The scary thing is he does all his own maintenence. I believe he has owned the boat only about three years, and I'm hoping he hasn't done permanent harm.
I pulled the dipstick on the cold engine and it was full to the top! I started the motor and it ran with thick black smoke for 15 seconds and then billowed white until I shut it down after a minute (and left a slick on the water behind the boat). His dock neighbors said that the boat is mostly a wine cellar and they didn't think it had been sailed at all this year and not much prior years. The marina office agreed with their accessment.
So, obviously I am still dumb enough to be considering her or I'd never have posted this much. As I said, my bid will go way low and pending a survey (my surveyor at my expense) AND at least $1,000 put up by him in escrow on that engine not having a serious problem. I am also going to have to get out of him exactly what he used on that deck so I can get a quote on how much it will cost to correct BEFORE I make an offer.
The hardware issues are correctable for $200 or less. A couple blocks have cracked sheaves & all the turnbuckles need dissassembly, bronze brushing and a wipe of Lanocote. The rest is small pins and a few shackles.
But that d*mned deck. Unforgivable.
I was alone on the boat when his broker took my wife back up to the office and I swear the boat whispered "help me!"
I think P.T. Barnum would have a field day with me.