So while I have suceeded in finding two boats close to home that could be "the one," I have found a few listings that really intrigue me and so I wanted some expert opinions.
the first boat I found is in St. Simons island in GA. It is a 1975 Irwin 28'. the link is here: 1975 Irwin 28 - Boats.com
Now I am wondering what affect that AC unit could have on the hatch. I DO NOT want AC, especially something so gawdy and in the way as that set-up. I worry though that it's being there has somehow compromised the hatches water-tightness.. am I just being overly cautious? Thoughts on the ad? It would be a good 4-5 hour drive to go see the boat so I am wondering if anyone has some good tips for learning more about the boat so I do not make a wasted trip to find in person the boat is slammed with problems. (I spoke to the guy working there but I fear his opinions are slated to making the sale.)
The second boat is a 1979 Catalina 27'. The link to it is here: 1979 Catalina - Boats.com
Again, what are some of your thoughts and opinions based on the ad and what is within? It is such a long distance friom me (400+ miles) but it really looks like a deal... Pictures though, so easy to misinform...
Lastly, a 1973 Dufour 27'. The link to it is here: 1973 Dufour 27 - Boats.com
So, what are your thoughts? What are your thoughts on the ads and the boats in general and which is the best of the bunch (I lean towards IRwin.)
Do not fear being overly specific, I am looking for really detailed responses because I have never bought a sailboat and I do not want to invest close to a grand for a survey on a lemon. Also, I do not want to drive 6+ hours to a boat that upon general inspection proves to be a lemon. I feel like over the past months I have learned so much about ACTUALLY sailing, but I still feel very unsure about the process of actually BUYING one.
I like to stay local, and I have two boats that are local that I could survey, but man those three boats look pretty fierce. I have a hard time thinking about why they are so cheap, it makes me worry incessantly. SailNet, Please help!