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Since you stated you plan on single hand the boat, gear that allows you to do that would be significant value to you. So if you find two comparable boats, but one has a functional autopilot and the other does not, the AP would be a benefit. Note that a basic AP costs over $1000 and that does not include installation. Same thing with roller furling - probably over $2K when you consider the cost of the furler, installation, having the headsail(s) modified for the furler, new forestay, etc.
Oh course, gear that you don't want / need has zero value to you. So if the owner added a $2K refrigerator to the boat, but you only plan on daysailing, the fridge doesn't many anything to you.
I disagree about the electronic comments. Many autopilots can last for 10+ years. Basic wind / depth / speed instruments last longer than that and haven't changed much if at all. A basic VHF will last forever, and if the antenna is good and run properly, the latest and greatest VHF will be under $300 and can be installed in a short time. A fancy 10 year old chartplotter or radar probably does have very little value though.
If you want a dodger and bimini note that they can cost over $1000 each. Heck, a decent sail cover can cost $500. Lastly, be sure to value the sails - new ones are $1500 - $2000.
A surveyor will help, but you MUST be able to value things ahead of time. The surveyor only gets involved after you make and offer and get the offer accepted. You don't want to offer something like $15K, have the offer accepted, then have the surveyor state the boat is only worth $10K. Sure, you can back out or try to renegotiate, but by that time you have lost a lot of time and money.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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