Originally Posted by smallboatlover
i'm not sure what a full inspection is. how much do you think a survey would be? And just wonder why do you think i will need to fix things? becasue of the age or just cause its a boat also i'm conserned about the 1968 sails being how old they are. Also it doesn't have any other sails than main and jib and also no rolling furler. i kinda wish it had a genoa or spinkker but i could take the spininaker from my other boat thats never bin used.
An inspection (by a licensed boat surveyor) is usually done prior to purchase. The person crawls all over the boat and lets you know what is wrong with it and what major things need to be fixed to make it seaworthy. It can cost anywhere from $300 to $500 depending on your area. Usually banks and insurance companies require one before you can get a loan or insurance.
My Venture was covered under my homeowners insurance because it was small and the area was small that I could potentially sail.
I'm not suggesting that you not have an inspection, but I did not have one when I bought my Venture. I did have an experienced sailor friend board it and at least let me know if it would float and he told me the issues he saw with it.
I didn't pay much for the boat and trailer and fully expected to have to do work on it, and I did. I didn't buy the boat thinking I was going to cross oceans in it, heck, I didn't even get to the other side of the Chesapeake (only because I had absolutely no idea how to do it at the time). So I was less concerned about surveys and stuff like that.
There's probably no used boat on earth that doesn't need something
fixed. Sometimes from neglect, whatever it might be may be why the previous owner is getting rid of it. And, well, boats get old and start to fall apart.
Although I have seen furling systems on very small boats, it is rare and not really needed. I had a set of three hank on jibs and while they were a pain to change, many people feel that you get better performance out of hank on sails than you do with furled sails. I have no science to back that up, just what some racers have told me.