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Cracked bow (pic), would you buy?

'80's Catalina 25 has this crack. Yard can fix it, but $. Would you sail with it or is it cause for concern? Its' a foot above the waterline. The ask for the boat is $3k, the interior is especially clean.

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Hell no.
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Re: Cracked bow (pic), would you buy?

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'80's Catalina 25 has this crack. Yard can fix it, but $. Would you sail with it or is it cause for concern? Its' a foot above the waterline. The ask for the boat is $3k, the interior is especially clean.

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It's out of the water... have a knowledgeable person look at the damage, repair it and sail it away.

You say clean interior... not a bad sum for the boat but post some photos after the repair if you decide to purchase it.
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Is that anchor locker rust?

Boats hit things. Should be a simple fix. But i am not a shipwright


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'80's Catalina 25 has this crack. Yard can fix it, but $. Would you sail with it or is it cause for concern? Its' a foot above the waterline. The ask for the boat is $3k, the interior is especially clean.

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It depends where you are and the year of the boat. Prices vary from $4K to $25K depending on location, boat shape etc.
Not sure what the rust stain is and and what caused the crack, but it could be repaired and made solid again.
How are the sails, rigging, etc. You need to look at the whole package to determine whether its a good deal or not.
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Re: Cracked bow (pic), would you buy?

Let me be more clear. That's the stem of the boat (from what I see in the pic). That's an area of really thick lay-up. That's structural.

Walk away.

PS - I had a similar scarring from hitting the dock a few times when we were learning on our C27. What you're looking at there is WAY beyond that.


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Let me be more clear. That's the stem of the boat (from what I see in the pic). That's an area of really thick lay-up. That's structural.

Walk away....
Smack, are you saying this is un-repairable?
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Smack, are you saying this is un-repairable?
Nope. Never.

I'm just saying that if I were a newb boat buyer, I'd walk. In a heartbeat.


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Re: Cracked bow (pic), would you buy?

Bet it's not so bad.Its' not like it's been under water long time. How about an offer of say 23 hundred and work up from that grudgingly'. My 6 inch angle grinder could open up and taper that back in an hour. Then an epoxy glass layup,gelcoat and launch
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Re: Cracked bow (pic), would you buy?

$2300?!?! He's got a popular boat that's only worth $3-4k in nice condition. There are a million others out there.

Offer him $1k, have in mind that you'll go to $1100. If you walk, you may get a call back in a few weeks. He will not be selling that boat quick.
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