Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
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We had two Hunter 30's in our family a 1979 and a 1981. These were generally good boats. They sail well, in most respects had good build quaility, and offered nice accommodations. There are several areas to watch for with these boats. The '81 had the worst blisters that I had ever experienced, and when we were looking for the '79 we saw quite a few early ones with deck core and mast support issues.
I would expect the boat that you describe to sell for somewhere around $10-12K if the engine were perfect and the sails were not all sun rotted. It has a negative value if these are shot.
I should note that like any boat this age and condition, you could easily spend many times that putting a boat like this into reasonable shape. Its not hard to imagine that you could end up addressng some combination of:
∑ Sails, chainplates, mast step and associated suporting structure, standing and running rigging that are beyond their useful lifespan,
∑ an engine that is in need of rebuild or replacement,
∑ worn out or out of date deck, galley, and head hardware,
∑ worn out upholstery,
∑ Non skid in need of renewing,
∑ Out of date safety gear,
∑ electronics that are non operational, or in need of updating,
∑ electrical and plumbing systems that need repairs, upgrades to modern standards or total replacement.
∑ Thru hulls and seacocks in need of replacement,
∑ Blisters, fatigue, rudder, rotten bulkheads, failed tabbing, or hull to deck joint or deck coring problems
∑ Keel bolt replacement (bolt on keel) or delamination of the hull from the ballast for a glassed in keel.
∑ And perhaps a whole range of aesthetic issues.
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