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'77 Catalina 27'
I took a look at a nicely kept Cat 27 this morning. The motor is a Mercury from 2001 and seems to work fine. Deck is solid and most of the cockpit is in good condition-minus some issues with the locker in the rear-the lid seems to be off a little, but doesn't seem too bad and not uncommon. The galley is a little bland, but clean and I could only find a small leak coming from a tiny hole in the deck-the topside showed no hole so I'm guessing it is from an old hardware hole that was repaired. Leak does not appear to have been there long as there were no water stains and no evidence other than a small drop of water on the hole. The cushions were recently covered, although only one fit perfectly. The others seem to be made for another boat. The bilge had water in it and the pump was there, but disconnected and the wires were laying in the water. The battery was poorly wired, but nothing that can't be fixed. I could only get the CD player to work, no interior lights. I'm hoping I was not doing something right, but my guess is the battery didn't have enough power. The two sails look a little dated as the threads were slightly frayed, but in usable condition for at least a season. All in all I liked the boat for what it is and what I want it for.
This owner bought the boat for her son and his girlfriend and they no longer use it. She had it listed early in the summer for $6500 and recently lowered it to $5k. I will be taking a surveyor out to see what I noticed and to look for more. I don't think these issues are bad enough to walk away if it is a good price. Cosmetically, this boat is nearly perfect. It is a little sparse on the inside and the berth is very small-large enough for only my 3yr old and her cousin.
If the survey was positive and I could easily fix the issues listed above is it out of the question to offer $3,200? This person has no interest in keeping this boat and has mentioned twice in two conversations that she is willing to negotiate off her price.