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Re: Damaged Catalina 25 for a deal
The average cost of a well equipped mid-eighties Catalina 25 tall rig, outboard tiller model on a trailer (assuming swing keel), is about $5000. check adhuntr.com "catalina 25 sailboat" and see how many are around the nation for sale.
They don't sell fast, but they ARE a popular boat. If the boat is mint, and you fix it for under $1000 yourself, and it looks reasonably good when you are done, you might be able to sell it fast for $4000.
Now I get it, you aren't out to sell it... I also don't think the repairs are a "1 week" fix. Maybe if you do nothing else it would be, I dunno. Pictures of the damage and maybe we can get a better idea...
But its all down to you... if you are looking to get into sailing next season, and you have a place to work on it... and your funds are quite low, this is a pretty great boat to start/learn on. Its not a "trailer sailor" in the strictest sense, that you won't want to launch it every time you sail... but as a home-stored seasonal boat, its a lot of boat. If your out of pocket expenses are $2000ish... then you have a winner! Just remember that fiberglass work is messy and involved, and that's sounds like it might be near load points, so you have to kind of take your time and do it right.
And yes your best bet will likely be to paint the boat, cause matching gelcoat is a bear.
1983 WD Schock Wavelength 24. Production boat limit tester, blue-water bucket owner, with wine taste on a beer budget.