It's in that Watkins 27 I am/was looking at. The mechanicals are about the only thing I am not sure of. The dealer *sez* the motor's good and a recent replacement; but.........
I can deal with the trampoline-like foredeck... somehow. I can fill and paint/gel the few cracks here and there in the gel. I can make a new tiller. I can clean out/up the interior and do needful repairs; but, I don;t know squat from diesels!
He's asking $3995 (publicly listed at $4500) and seems willing to come down. Reverse engineering the price, starting with an avg figger of near $2000 for a "fresh but used" diesel then add the cost of a mast/sails/rigging used, and the interior bits'n'bobs; yer there! If I found a yard derelict of the same make and had ta refit w/all used equipment,I'd have more innit!
I'm going to go back down mid-Dec (once funds arrive) and poke around at all the other cheapies he's got, then drop my counter offer. If he is willing to dicker, I *might* end up at the $3000 mark...due to the bad deck, etc.
Thataways, I have more $$ left in the fund for those repairs and enuff left for a year's slip/storage. He called me last Monday to ask if I was gonna buy soon, as he wanted to pull it for the Winter. Said that suited me, so I could inspect the hull and fitments. IF I can squeeze winter storage and splash come Spring AND the boat for < $3500, I figger I'm good
That Watkins is really put together ('cept for the bouncy cored decks!) and will make a tremendous base to start with. I have yet to find a unit that is as well proportioned and assembled; given the size parameters.
Strikingly curious... Just discovered/realized that the other boat I'm looking at is ALSO a Scott design! A totally different approach to getting on the water; but the Beachcomber 25 is a contender. A bit far off at 175 miles; but it *IS* trailerable