Yes Sir, .. $ 30 K is a liitle salty. I was told not to buy a fixer upper in one of my 1st posts. I was just starting to look at boats to buy. I could have bought a more modern boat & needed next to nothing and just sailed away. I may not have a full $ 30 K in the boat. To be seaworthy and sail away needs rudder, small hole fixed & 2 bulkhead structures, 2 anchors, & misc. -- figure $ 10 K and $ 8,625.00 = $ 18,625.00 and on the water.
The other $ 11,375.00 buys creature comfort, modern nav., dingy w/ mtr., bimi top, swim ladder and all that. Some of the $ 11.6 k could have been added on to any boat I bought; and may not be counted (100%) against I-37.
Is the 1-37 worth $ 18.6 k on the water. I have checked & priced the I-37 from other boats for sale, figured $ 18.6 K was a fair deal. I paid $ 6.7 K for the boat and it had just had $ 20K spent (rebuild eng. & trans., etc., etc.) on it in the last 1 1/2 years. The biggest deal maker for me .. the boat was never negelected.. that I see. It does not smell and not trashed out. Most of all my stuff is old (60, 70, 80, 90's) so he 1970 Islander fits right in. I was in the 1/ 7 Air Cav in Vietnam when this boat was (1970) built. This was a wild & crazy time, we went water sking behind OH-06 Scout helicopters. I smile & laugh, was the best time of my life and worst too. Anyway, I'm into the I-37 (now) and my Son is setting it up as his 2nd man cave. now he can play his music there as loud as he want's. I mentioned earlier, this boat is a father/ son deal too. I look forward to sailing with him (next yr.) and looking for some big smiles
(both of us)