Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Everett, Wa
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First Boat, Am I getting a good deal?
Hey- brand new to this community. Thank you to anyone who gives me advice.
So- I have minimal sailing experience. I have friends who have boats, and I kite board, but I grew up with parents who had a big Carver aft cabin.
Here is what I do know-I have about a dozen friends with boats, many who live aboard. I work at a bar right by the marina, and get to talk to a lot of people about boats. I have been looking at boats for 2 summers, but have not nutted up and bought anything.
Here is my objective- Get a boat that sails great and that I can live on, cheaply(ish), live minimally, save money, finish college, sail down the coast with wife, sell boat, get a bigger boat, live on bigger boat with wife, maybe someday buy a house.
I have looked at a ton of boats, the closest thing I got to buying was a cal 2-30, this gives you an idea of what I am looking for. 27-30, cheap to moor, easy first boat. I walk the docks almost every weekend, I found a cal 2-29 that I was going to offer (probably could have got for 7000) and then I found this.
1981 Cascade 27( Never thought I would get a 27, or a cascade)
Owned by a wealthy couple in their 60's who outfitted her really well
Here is what she has- in no order.
New diesel in 2003 w/600 hrs.
self tailing winches
really heavy duty inverter/shore power set up with 110 throughout
propane heater and range
built in microwave
Nice red cushions
Lowrance chart plotter/gps that interfaces with autopilot.
Newer self furling front
manual head with holding tank
rigging done by local rigging legend.
2 jibs 2 mains and spin w/ pole
inflatable dinghy with 2hp yamaha
harnesses that have the rip chord inflatable in them
tons of tools ect
newer instruments in cockpit
tons of PFD
100' shore power chord
tons of charts/books
a totally awesome slip right outside of anthony's
bottom paint last year
survey in 2008 with value at 21,500
Flat screen TV
Denon CD player built in
fold down table
tons of exta things like fenders/dock line/flares/cleaners/paints/ect
I think that is most of it. Oh, and hull/deck is free of booboos and the paint looks great. Her name is Prelude (whatever)
It might be a twist of fate that is has not sold, the story is, the guy and his wife bought it when they were 60, outfitted it really well, sailed it up to Alaska and back and have taken it around Vancouver island a few times. The husband got really sick, and passed away this spring. The guy helping to sell it is Bob Doyle (who is like a legendary rigger in Everett). Bob and I got to know each other a little bit because he comes into the bar I work at. Bob told me about this boat, but I kind of blew him off, because it was a cascade 27 and I wanted a cal 29/30. Finally I went to look at it and took my dad. It turns out, the man who owned it, was friends with my dad, and my dad had actually been on the boat on sailing trips, and my dad confirms that the man who owned it, was a meticulous, well off dude. So I put in an offer of 10k and it was accepted. It is contingent on a sea trial and survey, but I could own this boat by end of next week.
What do you guys think? Is this a good deal? The Cascade is a little small to live on, but it's outfitted so well, it's comfortable. Plus the 27 is cheap to moor. I am not that familiar with Cascades, I know they were sometimes a kit boat, but this seems like a solid little boat that has done some decent coastal sailing.
Any words of wisdom would be appreciated. I am hoping to hear things like.
"Holy crap, that is the best deal ever."