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The Cal 2-27 is a nice boat, and this example sounds like a good one. I assume the engine is a Universal diesel, referring to it as an Atomic is pretty confusing.
My opinion has always been you can get more boat, and are more likely to get what you pay for, if you buy a well maintained boat at a premium price. I encourage you to chase this boat, you may be the lucky next owner. See how price-sensitive the seller is, you probably can get something off asking, just don't expect to make a "killing".. Be willing to pay a fair price, which may well be close to asking...get your boat and engine surveys...if the surveys are clean, you are set.
If you are uncomroftable paying this price, take a look at a few of the boats listed for around $10k, figure out what a new set of sails, new interior cushions, =etc. willl coast, then plunk that $16K down before someone else figures out what a good deal it may be.
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