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Sooner or Later (a boat)???
The Catalina 27 you are considering has an outboard so you might also consider a 25 with a pop top and enclosed head (less $$). The 27 and the 25 are both fun boats to sail and good for a weekend. I like the 25 better, small boat feel (on the helm) and with the pop top it seems almost as big down below as my C&C30.
I don''t know where you sail, but, the outboard could give you problems motoring in less than ideal conditions.
Research BUC, Yachtworld, Sailnet etc and go look at some other boats to get a good idea of a price. Beware, you are doing business with a friend and a "fair deal" is when neither the buyer or seller is happy with the price. 8000 seems like the upper range for a 27 w/ an outboard.
Expect to spend money on the boat, that is why we call them holes in the water.
Don''t expect to get back what you paid for it or put into it in a couple of years.
If by some chance you don''t fix or upgrade anything and sell the boat for what you paid for it, write a book. We will buy it!
Get your own survey done.
Thats my .02 cents worth. Best of luck to you,