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Old 08-01-2012
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Re: Boat worth price?

Does it have an engine? Are the sails soft as bedsheets, blown out and shot? Are the trailer bearings rusty, or well greased? Or are you lucky, and it has Bearing Buddies on it?
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Re: Boat worth price?

This may not be the model for everyone, but I generally look at a few of the higher priced and mid-priced 'similar' boats. I look at how those boats have been maintained and then I compare them to the one I am truly considering. I take my own pictures of the boat that I am truly interested in, and I do my own sort of quick survey of what it might cost (time & money) to refurbish/restore the boat. If it looks like the cost will run anywhere near or exceed the cost of the similar boats then it might be worth consider the others too. Of course, that's not all there is to it, but that's kind of a basic and way oversimplified version of the mental principle that I use. There's also plenty of gut feeling in it, oh, and don’t discount common sense. it’s amazing how many people disregard that last little nugget.
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Re: Boat worth price?

As a point of reference... Over the weekend I bought a 1978 CD25 (after bridge deck, before bronze ports) and a never been submerged 2006 Triad float-off trailer with about 400 unloaded and 1 loaded mile on it for $4650. Found it listed on the Cape Dory forum and paid full asking price.

The boat has been on the hard for six and a half years. Hull, decks, rudder, and standing rigging look to be in great shape. Non-skid looks decent. A few small cracks in the non-skid and deck gelcoat to repair but decks seem dry. Original gelcoat topsides with a few small patches where the color doesn't match perfectly but you have to look for it. I have pictures from two years ago with the bottom stripped and the gelcoat looks original there too. It now has new bottom paint.

Main and hank on jib look good. Roller genoa could use some repairs. Sail covers have a few small holes in them. Halyards have all rotted in the sun. Only electronics are an older sounder and knot meter. No outboard. No cushions. Compass has been uncovered for many years and the dome is now so brown it is not readable from more than a couple inches away. It is a portapotty model and one came included but I'm thinking about adding a head. The companway drop boards were replaced by a sheet of plywood with a vent in it. It is now badly rotted so I'll build some new drop boards.

I pulled it from Maryland to New Hampshire with a Toyota Tacoma. I can't believe how well the Triad trailer tows.

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