Originally Posted by ckmeans
So I took a look at the boat tonight....the owner couldn't make it, which turned out to be good because I spent lot of time goig through it....only 2 cosmetic complaints which are fading blue deck pain and he hull liner in the cabin was removed...
New chain plates and mast step work was done in 2001...new Doyle sails in 2005
Owner is emailing me a 3 year old survey tonight....he is charging up the batteries at home and we'll run the motor this weekend.
I think I'll offer a half price deposit and the other half once it's floating...
I think I found the deal I'm looking for!
Ok, this is a big sign of good faith and integrity on the seller's part. He felt confident enough about the boat, and had nothing to hide, so he let you crawl all over it, alone
. He didn't insist on being present in order to steer you away from problem areas.
My seller did the same thing. I poked around my boat for 2 full weeks without him, before buying it.
I'm not saying that this boat won't need some work, but it's probably a safe bet for the amount of money that you're paying.
You could take some photos for us to critique. Based on what people are saying about these boats, take photos of the following areas:
Deck area around the mast
Keel to hull joint
Rudder post (if you can access it)
Through hull penetrations