Ok, I just got back from looking at this one this morning.
1988 25' Catalina sail boat with trailer
Owner is recently deceased, which is scary because I'm looking at another boat tomorrow morning where the story is the same. Arizona does have a lot of old people. This boat is titled to the estate and no family member is either willing or capable of telling me anything about the boat. Service history, etc. This really bothers me, especially at $8,900.
The marina manager showed me the boat and he knew nothing except that the owner was older and used the boat a fair amount and thought he was ex military.
I would say the boat was in good condition, lines looked good, sails appeared clean, with no tears and in good overall condition. All the standing and running rigging appeared in good condition and the deck had no soft spots that I could detect and felt solid. All the lifelines and stations appeared solid in good shape. The outboard was OLD and was pretty well covered with cobwebs and I'd didn't even think it was worth trying to start it, plus, there was no gas tank aboard.
Inside it was in pretty good shape, very presentable, no tears anywhere and nothing appeared broken or out of place. Two burner stove looked mint/un-used and the wood work was in a solid B/B+ condition. You really got the feeling nobody had been on this boat in months. Get this, the bilge was 100% dry, not a single droplet of water which is a good thing because I could not get the pump to engage while playing with the flipper/float.
I was surprised that the 27ft Catalina I was on a few days ago felt so much larger below deck, very surprised at this. Head room was about 6" less as I could stand in the 27 and could not in the 25, the 25 does have a pop-top.
I don't think there would be anyway I would pay close to the asking price for this boat and think something around $6-7k would be more realistic. I'm sure the outboard would need a tune-up and who knows what else. I have no doubt the boat is more than ready to be sailed and enjoyed and the boat does come with a very nice double axle trailer which I would not really use except for maintenance issues.
The biggest issue is no first hand intelligence from someone that knows the boat, there's a GPS device on board, AC unit, blue ray player and 16" flat screen and no paperwork or manuals for anything. For all I know the bottom is 10 years old or more.
I asked if the estate was "open to offers" and he said "yes, reasonable offers" and then threw in the "I have two other appts today to show the boat". He also offered 30 days free in the slip which is worth $250.
There's no doubt someone cared for the boat, it just may not have been in the last 6 months, or longer.