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Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2...help.

I have the opportunity to buy a Harpoon 5.2 with trailer and outboard motor and I can't really find a way to feel out a healthy price range. The asking price is $3k and the boat is in good shape. I only know what I have read on the internet mainly on rauch dot net about the Harpoon 5.2. Any knowledge or pricing information or advice would be greatly appreciated it. I am somewhat nervous about making a bad purchase or getting in over my head. The boat has all its rigging etc.

I don't really have any good options to getting on the water on a regular basis so I would like to get a vessel of my own. I would be trailering this 5.2 in Beverly and Marion, MA. Thank you to anyone who responds!
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First, I'd recommend you read the Boat Inspection Trip Tips thread I wrote. While a Harpoon 5.2 is a bit small for that thread, it will give you a basis for judging what condition the boat is in.
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Great Boat

Boston Whalers are built by forcing active foam in between the hull and deck structure and then rocking the boat around to make sure there are no voids. The foam provides structural rigidity and floatation. If the boat ever takes a hit and the foam gets waterlogged, the boat is ruined. Try to weight the boat before you buy it.

I bought a 5.2 on a trailer for $5,000 back in 1980, sailed it for five years and sold it for $5,000. In 1995 I saw one in the Jacksonville newspaper for $5,000. They're that good. $3,000 may be reasonable for a 5.2 in good shape.

The Harpoon was a stable, fast,, bulletproof daysailer.
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Passed on the Harpoon 5.2 due to inspection guidelines reported here and to upgrade my criteria by leaps and bounds. Now onto a c & c 34.
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