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Old 03-12-2010
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I agree with those that state any older boat will have wet decks to some degree. It just a question of degree. If the core shows high moisture in few areas but shows no signs of delamination, I think it's worth considering. If you get a decent price because of the deck condition, you should be able to get a number of years use out of it and be able to sell it later without taking to big a hit. Depreciation is just one of the costs of owning a boat. Novice buyers may get scared by the survey report, but experienced buyers will understand and make a decision based on the facts and the price.
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STM, I am 90% sure that you and I looked at the same boat. If you are from PA, I would bump that to 99% sure.

Assuming that I am correct, I looked at the boat the day before you did. I also found that the decks were wet, and that the coach roof was also wet in at least one spot. That, and the unknown hours on the engine were the only things wrong with this boat, but they are both big, and expensive things.

To your question; "will you realize a lower selling price 5 years from now because the decks are wet?" The answer is undoubtedly yes. That problem is not going to get better by itself, and in all probability it will get worse. Pay particular attention to the wet areas, and look for increases in moisture readings (indicating that the real cause of problem has not been addressed), and delamination, as either the core rots out, or freeze thaw cycles break the bond between the core and the skin of the laminate. I would venture to guess that given the choice of buying a nice looking boat with a wet core, and a not as nice looking boat without an elevated moisture reading in the core, the dry boat would command the higher price.

The current owner has done a remarkable job maintaining and improving this vessel, and she was in pretty good shape to begin with. A well respected member of this site has also had a hand in the restoration and improvements of this vessel. Fortunately, all of this work, and the manufacturers of the sub-systems are documented here, and in other forums.

This particular vessel has a deeper draft requirement (6'2") than I am comfortable with. I plan on transiting the ICW, and addressing this would have made her yet more expensive for me.

The owner had promised to give you right of first refusal, and I was also not going to enter into a bidding war. To his credit, the owner also did not encourage my extending an offer until you and he completed negotiations. The last that I heard you and he had entered into an agreement, pending survey.

I have been looking for 3 years, and will continue to look. This was one of the few that I would have mad an offer on, but there are lots of boats out there.

That said, enjoy the boat! She is a beauty, and I wish you well with her.

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