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Re: I Think I Found The Right Boat
Catalina 27 as a trailerable boat is POSSIBLE, but not a lot of fun. It's probably best to call it Owner transportable (with permits it's 9' wide afterall)...
Sadly, with today's market it DOES seem pretty high... now lemme give you some numbers to back up what these folks are saying...
A Catalina 27 should have a 9.9 hp outboard, used you MIGHT be able to get a good working one for about $700
A New 150 roller furler, and furling gear would run you about $2500 and I am going super cheap (CDI and perhaps Rolly Tasker). The sails in dacron alone woudl likely be about $1200.
Didn't put ablative, or bottom paint on eh? Assuming you don't have a colony of zebra muscles or barnacles on the bottom expect a copious amount of work to get the bottom sanded down again so you can apply bottom paint (and honestly likely another couple layers of "primer").... nobody puts "primer" on a boat bottom without bottom paint for a boat that is staying in the water. The "primer" is the hard part! Adding paint takes maybe a couple hours tops to put on top of the "primer." I really hope he means "barrier coat" and not primer too. Otherwise you might just have a boat that's delaminating below the water line right now. Because to require "primer" would indicate he sanded the bottom to the gelcoat (or lower) and thus exposed the weave to water (think blisters)... if he did it wrong it might be months of out of water time to dry it back out, and again if it's primer and not barrier coat, then you will now need to strip THAT off, and dry the hull again and apply a proper barrier coat.
I am not usually like these other guys on under $10k boats... I don't really think you can justify a boat inspector for boats in this price range... but you should probably know what makes or breaks the value of a boat before you withdraw the cash.
Cushions, lacquer, sail covers, and hull color are pretty much worthless to the value of a (sail)boat...
What adds value is a quality newer motor (4 stroke for gasser is a huge plus)... decent quality trailer (if the boat is trailerable, which includes good tires/brakes/hitch/pads)... new(er) sails... new(er) rigging (running and standing), and operational winches/cleats/hardware. These are the things that will bring you to your knees if you have to fix or replace... getting into THOUSANDS. I am not saying all these things should be new, but know what each will cost you to go in eyes wide open!
Sure cushions can cost $2500 to recover... but let's be honest... you can sit on torn cushions...
If the stove doesn't work, can you grill? yep... so that's not a big deal.
Electrical (at least the DC side) is pretty easy to do... even the AC isn't a huge deal breaker for most.
What you should be looking for:
Great running newer motor (none of this, frankenmotor stuff)
Nice new(er) bottom job cause this is a PITA to do, and expensive to pay someone to do.
New(er) running and standing rigging.. LOOK AT CHAINPLATES they'll show you right away if there are leaks and if you should consider the boat a lost cause.... bulkheads will be soft if they leak!
look for snaggies on the standing rigging... that indicates long overdue rigging upgrade.
Look for crazing on the decks... if you see spider cracks on a 30+ yo boat you can consider that normal... but if those cracks are wide enough to get caked with dirt... that means it's exposed the weave below it (and likely the core, and if that core is wood, oh boy, for various reasons a lot of boats will use wood core, which is fine, see the cored boats thread, it's ONLY a problem when that wood core gets wet, for obvious reasons)...
Look for soft spots on deck... NOT flexible spots... people confuse this... Sometimes it's OK for the deck to flex some (especially in lighter constructed boats), but that isn't the same as soft.... soft is unmistakable... it'll feel like walking on a wet sponge (cause you kind of are)...
For some reason people downplay "older sails." The single best improvement you can make in the sailability of your boat, is new sails. Older blown out sails are a challenge JUST to get to set right (no less raise and use). I say this when I purchased MY boat with 30yo sails... and they were just TERRIBLE. I went crazy of course and went with loadpath sails, but good dacron sails aren't cheap either.
Anyway... I think I agree candidly with the rest of the crew here... you might want to pass on this one. The Catalina 27 is a GREAT boat, and fortunately for YOU they are common. A good one will fetch a price as high as this, but this one doesn't really fit that description.
For the record a friend of mine JUST sold his 27 with a trailer, and inboard, wheel steering, tall rig, 1984 model... that was just in EXCELLENT shape (his father was the first owner, and handed it down to him)... it had new roller furling, new headsail, new cruising spinnaker with sock, upgraded LED lights down below... it was just a beautiful example of a finely crafted 27... he was able to sell it for $14k That's a pretty stellar price for a 27. It's just how the market is right now.
"Rum Line" an S2 7.9 - cheap, fast, trailerable, and paid for.