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Re: Going to look at a boat

I bought the second boat I looked at so you never know what "deals" are there. A "too good to be true" price is relative. If he was trying to get $5K for a 79' and has to let it go for $2K that is about right. It hasn't moved so give it a good look.

The fact that he is letting you look without him there is telling...he trusts the boat condition to be as described. Check below for moisture, in all the storage areas, under cushions, bilge(of course). Run the engine if possible, look at the rigging for corrosion and such.

It is not rocket science but you will inevitably miss something...LOL

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Re: Going to look at a boat

Here's another for comparison.... price also TGTBT except for stated issues..

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Re: Going to look at a boat

How was the boat?

I hope you did better than the first boat I looked at. I had my suspicions that the pics the guy sent me were out of date, so I went a day early to check out the exterior in advance. The boat was clearly trashed - pics must have been 10 years old - so I canceled my appointment and never looked inside.

Like I said, I hope you had better luck.

OTOH, while we were at the marina we spoke to the local Catalina dealer, who sized us up and told us he thought the C250 would be perfect for us. He had a used one for sale, but it had issues so we passed. After 5 (winter) months of looking at boats up to 36' from Norfolk to Kingston, NY, we ended up buying a C250, but it was in much better condition than the one he had. It was a FSBO in the same marina.


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Seen the ad ! The engine is worth the asking price if it runs ! Worst case part it out & cut it up & throw in the dumpster, Best case you got a very nice boat for a few beads & a song.
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Re: Going to look at a boat

Paying for disposal may cost a few beads. Seems strange the seller "may or may not" include the outboard. And that he or she is simultaneously planning on putting money into the boat and sell the boat. OTOH, might me a great deal!

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Paying for disposal may cost a few beads. Seems strange the seller "may or may not" include the outboard. And that he or she is simultaneously planning on putting money into the boat and sell the boat. OTOH, might me a great deal!
Yeah, plus the fact that the boat is in Anacortes, and OP is on Lake Michigan.


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Re: Going to look at a boat

I confess alarm bells go off in my head as well at the phrase, 'Too cheap to not take a look at'.

Sometimes $0 is too much for a boat. If it needs repairs that you can't handle, you'll have an albatross around your neck that you'll be paying insurance and slip fees to own. A poorly maintained boat is also a dangerous boat to sail. Many experienced sailors will tell you the most dangerous trips are deliveries of poorly maintained boats. Stuff goes wrong quickly on those sails.

As an inexperienced sailor you won't be able to tell the difference, most likely, between a bargain and a death trap.

Is there anyone more experienced who can help you in your search? Can you wait and sail through clubs while you build your sailing kitty into a price range that includes more well-maintained boats?

Good luck in your search - I just finished one myself so I've been there. Lots of frogs, very few turn into princes. E.

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Why, oh why are boats so d##n seaductive......??????
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Re: Going to look at a boat

Check my new thread.

This ad does include the outboard. But I know what ad you seen that said may or may not and also putting money into it.


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