Re: would you buy a 44ft wooden power boat for 10k?
I was once the owner of a 27' Chris Craft Constellation. Trying to remember if it was a '63 or '64 model. Anyway, it was made of mahogany, had 2 small block chevs in it and I thought it was gorgeous. Man was that thing a lot of work. Had I paid someone to do all the work on it I would now be broke and divorced. But man it was cool. Sounded wonderful, I love the lines of this era of express cruisers but, I wouldn't do it again. The problem is fresh water finds any cracks that aren't sealed and dryrot starts. If you have the money, time and a covered shed to keep it in at dock, love wood work, sanding, painting, caulking etc. you might enjoy having one. You will also need to be proficient in electrical and mechanical work. The BIG problem with your whole scenario here is the fact the boat has been sitting on the hard. This allows the wood to dry out, opening up seams and causing leaks which in turn allows rot to start. If you don't have money to burn, and experience working on boats, I suggest STAY AWAY.