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Location: Fairhaven, MA
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Re: Looked at a boat last night...Update.
Nowadays, you can find a good to be true deal if you're patient and wait for the boat you really want...
For me, my boat found me at way below value and I got to sail her right away
Of course, I have and will be doing small things to make her more comforting for us but people generally do that anyways when they buy a used boat...For me, I had to do maintenance chores to the Atomic 4 to make sure she runs good, install solar, install radio, paint bottom, polish topsides, clean up the mildew-ed teak and apply starbright oil...
I think the key when buying a used boat is that you wanna sail now is making sure all major points are in working order...Everything else is part of routine maintenance...
Mine had the leaky/rotted chainplates already redone (normal on T27s), newer sails, rebuilt freshwater Atomic 4, thruhulls replaced, paint in decent shape, roller furling, 2 speed self tailing winches, cushions re-done at some point with newer exterior cushions, newer gas lines, and interior/exterior in respectable condition...Actually got more than I wanted for $2500 as I was looking at true fixer uppers at that price point...I got lucky but then again, have seen some great deals out there where many can get lucky too
Cost to deliver it was about $500 about 2 hours away...
The deck paint is not in the best shape but not horrible either...The inside is respectable with some flaking here and there but nothing crazy...So like I said, nothing that routine maintenance can't fix...as long as I could sail it for years to come without sacrificing my life to do so made a huge difference for me...
For others, that may not be their path as some choose to start with a hull and re-work everything...Nothing bad about that as I love seeing people do that and it gives you a true sense of ownership...you will also know the boat will probably outlast you after rebuilding and fixing all the problem areas...Decision is yours though!
Tartan 34c "Destinada II"
Tartan 27 Yawl "Destinada" (SOLD)