I have been looking for a boat for a couple of years now and am just recently getting more serious about it. I have talked with Jeff_H via email and he has helpfully pointed out that my requirements are complete crap and I am delusional.
He did not put it that way but that was the general gist and I thank him for smacking me back down to earth. My jumping around in geographical area did not help matters much.
That being said. I am going to look at an 82 30' Islander bahama. It is currently in storage so I will have a chance to look at the bottom. It was in the water as recently as august of 08 so has been used. From the pictures it looks like it is in good shape(from what you can tell from pictures). Looking at the specs for it and where I am at on the Treasure coast of Florida I picked up a chart and the water is shallow here but not as shallow as the gulf coast. With a draft of a bit over 5' I will have to pay attention. But I don't really want to have to deal with a swing keel on an older boat. I like to keep things simple and if that means I am restricted to where I can go then I will make that trade off.
I sailed a 36' islander on the great lakes and it was a really nice boat. It pointed well and I liked how things were laid out. Until I actually am on the water with it I won't know but searching the tubes would seem to say that the 30' is a boat that sails really well and is easy to handle.
Soooo the point of this is just to ask people if they have any big issues to look for while I am looking at the boat. It is out of the water so I should be able to see just about anything. I have read over the boat buyers guide and I have enough knowledge to do everything but poke a hole in someone elses boat to check for moisture so that will have to be done by the surveyer. Mostly what I want is issues that these boats were known for. The seller said that the blisters were taken care of already with a recent interlux barrier coating.
So feel free to call me names and or do whatever. I am a big kid and can deal with abuse. I was married at one time.