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Going to look at a boat

Well I found a boat I'm going to look at. It to cheap not to look at it. It in the water and has been all year with out being moved once this year. It's a 1979 26' ranger. Anything I need to know? What should I look for? The owner won't be there but he is giving me the combo to get in. He said that everything is in working order and the "head" sail is 2 years old. It has a 9hp outboard. Did I say the boat is cheap!


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Re: Going to look at a boat

Make sure you post pics ;-)
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Re: Going to look at a boat

I should probably read my post before I send it. Lol

Will do. I'll take lots of pics. I will say though if everything checks out I will be a sailboat owner this weekend.


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Here are the pics from the ad.




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Re: Going to look at a boat

Got a mask to check how grungy the bottom is, and condition of zincs?
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Re: Going to look at a boat

If you are going to look at a boat, don't stop at one. If you're making the effort, make it worth your time and look at three or four.

With our first boat, a Catalina 30, we looked at probably 25-30 boats. With our current Catalina 34, we looked at 20 or more.
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Re: Going to look at a boat

The Ranger 26 is a very good little boat.. if it's in good shape it will be a great starter. However if it has real issues no matter how 'cheap' it is, it may not be any kind of bargain. Check for soft decks, other obvious leaks, engine (present? condition? running?)

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Re: Going to look at a boat

Here are some good resources for self assessment:
Catalina - Capri - 25s International Association

Boat Inspection Trip Tips

Take your time, take LOTS of pictures, including the top of the mast, the boom, the mast step, the bow, the jib furler, the winches, the engine, the propeller, the inside of the engine (i.e. take the cover off), any equipment, blocks/pulleys, the cabin, etc.
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Re: Going to look at a boat

In the pictures, the main looks like it might be a bit blown out. I like the way the lines run back to the clutches.
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Re: Going to look at a boat

If the pictures of the hull and deck are current then someone has done a lot of work on a 30+ year old boat. However, they may have been taken in 1980.
Good Luck, and be careful...cheap does usually have a price.
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