i found a 26 ft grampian and the seller is only asking 500.00.his ad said the electrical needs to be fixed and was ready to go. i called him and it needs electrical,and an outboard motor and sails are brand new but need to be lined.is this a good deal? any input from anyone would really help.
I don't know what "needs electrical" means, but putting aside whatever pain that represents, if the boat doesn't have an engine and doesn't have sails, it probably doesn't have many other things you didn't ask about. Find something in the water, where the owner can show you how its ready to go, and buy a boat you can use and enjoy. Otherwise think of the $500 as a down payment rather than the cost...you're likely to spend a lot more before you enjoy any sailing adventures.
PS - you'd be wise to get some sailing knowledge before you consider buying a sailboat...
thank u for your response . it was what i needed to make up my mind!!!
Could be a good deal or not ...
Grampian 26s are decent boats. They are solidly built and fairly comfortable. Not particularly fast but there are many slower boats out there too.
You need to ask yourself a couple of questions:
1. What exactly is meant by needs electrical. This could be anything from it needs a new battery to it needs to be rewired and needs a battery. What does sails need to be lined mean? Something like needs sheets to added to the sails?
2. How handy are you? You certainly don't want to hire someone to do the work since the bargain would quickly disappear. Do you have the time to do the work?
3. Where is the boat now? How much would it cost you to store it there while you work on it or move it where you can work on it/launch it? Is it sitting on a cradle, stands, or trailer? Are these part of the deal?
Find an experienced sailor in your area to go with you to the boat. They would know what the boat is lacking and at least give you a rough idea how much things would cost. At least then you would know where you stand. It is an excellent price but not unusual in today's economy for boats that need a fair bit of work (and money). A G26 in good sailing condition would likely be in the $5000 range I think.
i am a G26 owner..
I would agree a Good Sailable boat usually is about $4000 - $5000
A kick butt fully decked out boat with whistles etc.. $9000
That being said.. I saw an ad a week ago for a fellow giving away an Oday 22 with furling and in the water good etc.. just needed it gone, and the hassle of selling for the $$ was not worth it.. go figure. (needed a cradle)
$500.. consider that a hull - is your stding rig complete? if so .. ok..
The decks usually are solid, the hull is for sure.. but I would moisture test.
In the cabin .. look for rot.. everything is wood.. so check the bulkheads and all the interior compartments..
But add sails, and outboard, fix electrical buy some batteries, and all the "sailing accessories" I am sure are missing... well the point is.. do you want to start at $500 and do it yourself?? is that FUN for you? Or do you want to pay say $5000 - $7000 and just go sailing.
I paid $3800 - and I am up to about $5000 now.. and I can go sailing.. its not perfect, but i have put a fair bit of elbow grease into mine so far.
Good luck.. There are several Grampian sites, and a Yahoo groups site that is very good.
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