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Naive novice question re: buying a boat
Thanks for all the words of wisdom.
I was today on the boat. The owner said, the boat WAS out of the water two times in the past 10 years (I was misinformed first) and had it somehow treated (no new paint though).
When I asked about blisters, she said, the person who inspected the boat the last time when it was out (which was 4 years ago) said, the blisters were not significant and "don''t worry".
I noticed some cracks on the upper side of the boat, near where the wooden long rail is on one side and on top in front (near a window). When I asked, the owner said, I could fix that by myself.
We tried start the engine, but it wouldn''t start. The owner, a woman, said, that she never had tried to turn it on by herself; but just a few weeks ago when her guy used it, it worked fine. She used the choke excessively, so could that be the reason, it wouldn''t start? Otherwise, the sound of the motor "trying to start" sounded good:-)
The inside was actually clean of clutter, but just everything was dusty and stinky from the original upholstry (which I would of course change).
She used the boat mainly to have a place to stay and did only once take the boat out on a 3-week-sailing trip in the Pacific Ocean.
Oh, I forgot: now it is moored on the Columbia River. Nearby is a huge airport and the jets fly overhead, so I guess the boats are all covered with those invisible jet fuel particles.
She said, there are 5 good sails and only one needs some repair (not the main sail, though).
Overall I had a good impression of the boat. It had even an oven, a refridgerator/freezer (a small one in the galley), a depthfinder, a radio, not a GPS but a "Loran"(?). ---
What do you think?
Could I regret buying that sailboat for about $5000, to have a vacation spot for a couple of years before selling it again or deciding later what to do with it?