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Can Someone ID this boat?

I'm going to look at a boat that is for sale tomorrow, but the owner doesn't know what kind it is.









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Looks like a Sun 838 to me.. probably an early version before they went to the 'one piece' looking 'windows'.

Built by Spencer in Richmond BC, later became the 'Sunstar 28' with some trim changes. Some of the early ones were somtimes referred to as Sun 27s.

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I appreciate the help, but next time try and be a little faster. That took nearly 5 mins

At first I thought it was odd that the seller didn't know the model of his own boat, but I suppose not everyone that owns a sailboat is an enthusiast, and apparently this is his second boat. I also get the feeling that English is not his first language.

Are there any red flags I should be aware of with something like this? I've asked him if he has a title for the boat (I hope I'm using the right term).
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Faster,

After some Googling it appears that you are the resident Sun expert around here. I found some of your older posts and they were very informative.
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That boat looks post '73 so it should have a HIN on the transom.

As for the owner not knowing the make and model, that is red flags for me. I have never known anyone to not know what kind of boat they have. Is it priced too good to be true? Make sure you are really speaking to the actual owner.

Trying not to be prejudiced but most of the more recent scammers have trouble with the English language.

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I agree, Sun 27, originally designed by Ed Monk Jr. and later modified by me.

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After some Googling it appears that you are the resident Sun expert around here. I found some of your older posts and they were very informative.
Thanks, but I'd have to bow to Mr Perry as being the resident expert on that boat!

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I agree, Sun 27, originally designed by Ed Monk Jr. and later modified by me.

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No, I don't consider myself the Sun expert around here. I just like to chime in when I think I may be able to contribute.
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Take someone that knows sailboats at the very least. It's always best to hire a professional to survey the boat, because the problems are not easily seen. Things like core damage to the decks and driventrain issues can be and are very expensive repairs, if not fatal to the boats. Remember, there's no such thing as "free" when it comes to a sailboat and there are tons of fine examples on the market, so take your time. Not familiar with your area, but in Florida, the title states the manufacturer's name, so see if he has that or something similar.
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That stove looks a little scary. Does it gimbal? Can you use pot holders to retain pots on the cooking surface? It does not look like any marine stove I have seen.

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