Thanks, I don't really know what else to say, but now I guess you've given me a goal to live up to, and not turn into another idiot in a boat he can't afford to own or repair.
Update: The CS36T is gone. I went to see her, she was a lovely boat, and I was actually surprised the owner was selling her, that well found, with such extensive spares and equipment, I didn't think he'd save much going smaller. I am glad for him that he has decided to keep her, it was obvious he didn't want to let her go.
Would have been a perfect liveaboard I think.
The steel boat is nice, the hull is in amazing shape, well cared for and the original galvanizing seems to have really helped. The interior is brilliantly set up to ventilate the whole bilge, even in the deepest part there is only a light hint of brown on the paint, no visible rust and no flaking anywhere. But the outfitting is much rougher, not a lot of spares, raw water cooled original engine, no shower, no holding tank, euro plug AC, crazed plexi windows, 20+year old sails, old rigging etc. And it's a custom steel boat.
So it seems like a great boat, in need of a bit of work, which puts it at the high end of the price range for what it is to my mind. Asking 53k now.
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Finally got a better look at the CS33, it is nicely equipped, asking. There are two almost side by side in Nanaimo, and the one asking more is significantly rougher, without the upgrades.
She is powered by a 20hp Bukh diesel that was completely rebuilt in 2000, and has an inventory of 6 sails. She is equipped with a Simrad Autohelm, Hydrovane self steering gear $9000 value 2 anchors with chain and rode and much more.
1986 Canadian Sailcraft CS33 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
Lastly there is the Alberg still, still well equipped, still well priced. Still asking 16k.
The steel boat is great, at 30k I'd be all over it, that would leave enough left over to clean and repaint, new sails, add a holding tank, redo the electronics, and replace the old laptop+pirated software with an ipad or something.
The alberg is still liveable, and nicely put together, albeit small.
The CS33, is basically a totally comfortable liveaboard, but no fridge or solar, and it's pretty close to the upper end of my budget still when accounting for that.
I'm still quite interested in the Alberg, the suggestion of the best boat being the one that's paid off has some merit, but the 33 I could pay off in two years, and it seems like a capable boat.
Any thoughts on where to proceed from here, or boats I may have missed?