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I've taken your advice...and found a better boat

I recently posted about the Catalina 27 I looked at and many of you had some great advice and persuaded me to continue my search...You were right, there are deals out there...

As some of you saw I had made an offer of $1000 on the Catalina that had an interior in need of serious TLC and the motor is an unknown...So, I've moved on from that and am looking at a Hunter 30 tomorrow...the seller has dropped the price from 8k to 5500. I sent him an email asking if he'd consider $3500 and he came back with $4k...the link to the boat is below...I really do value everybody's experience and input...it's definitely helping with my search so tell me what you think!

1976 Hunter 30 sailboat for sale in Massachusetts
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Re: I've taken your advice...and found a better boat

Great little boat. Good yanmar alone makes it worth it. Cherubini is a great designer, look at his schooners. Insides look nice and clean. 1976 is a good year for sailboats. Good price.
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Re: I've taken your advice...and found a better boat

I second what Capt. Aaron said....the Cherubini designed Hunters were well built, and that one looks to have been taken care of - at least that's what the pics seem to show. For $4k it looks like a great deal.

Do you know where you're going to keep her when or if you make the deal?
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Re: I've taken your advice...and found a better boat

Looks like a good boat for the price. I assume that for that price you're not paying for a survey. I wouldn't either, and I was in your shoes not long ago. But, since you are fairly new to boats and I assume you don't have anyone knowledgable going with you to see it, you need to educate yourself pretty fast so you don't make a $4000 mistake.

A couple of recommendations. You could run out and pick up a copy of Don Casey's Sailboat Maintenance Manual tonight (a book you will would do well to add to your library soon after the purchase anyway) and read the first few chapters.

And/or, I would ask him to bring a copy of the 3 year old survey with him to give to you. Use that as you examine the boat, following and finding each system listed. Even if you don't know what you are looking at like an expert, at least you will familiarize yourself with the details of the boat. Take a flashlight and a camera. Good luck and let us know.
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Re: I've taken your advice...and found a better boat

We have had two of these Hunter 30s in our family. They sail very well and had nice layouts down below. They were actually built quite well.

The downside is that they are very prone to blisters, have steel embedded in the glass as a part of their structure which can rust out, and they are very prone to deck rot. They also had cast iron parts in their steering system. This is a much nicer boat than the Catalina, but like the Cat, a thorough survey is absolutely critical.
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Re: I've taken your advice...and found a better boat

As stated above, the Cherubini Hunters are a totally different breed of Hunters, not to be confused with others that might have suspect manufacturing. I mean that with no disrespect to others, simply pointing out that this particular group of Hunters are well respected.

I like what I see a LOT better. It looks like an older boat that has been cared for. THAT is a good investment, plus it has a better pedigree.

I have not seen the boat and also as stated above, take someone with you that is knowledgeable of boats. CHeck out the boat buying section here and see who might be in the area. Seems like Sailingfool is up there, and is a wonderfully knowledgeable sailor. I have no idea if he would help. His name just popped to mind.

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Re: I've taken your advice...and found a better boat

My last boat was a Cherubini Hunter, she was a good little boat. We should have stopped there in fact. Best of luck!
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Re: I've taken your advice...and found a better boat

So I'm making the hour and 1/2 drive after work tomorrow to take a look at the boat...if this were a $20k boat I'd have no problem taing a couple hours going through everything...but for $4k how much of the owners time can I really take...I certainly will check for an I-beam issue with the mast step, I've read thats is a common problem. I'll also walk the decks with bare feet to check for soft spots and turn the engine over...for 4k can I really make an agreement that the sale isn't final until after a sea trial?
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Re: I've taken your advice...and found a better boat

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So I'm making the hour and 1/2 drive after work tomorrow to take a look at the boat...if this were a $20k boat I'd have no problem taing a couple hours going through everything...but for $4k how much of the owners time can I really take...
As much time as you need. There's two ways to look at this:
1. He can spend three or four hours with you, a qualified buyer with cash in hand, or waste the same amount of time with tire kickers, dreamers and test-drivers.
2. If you were selling a boat that you really want to sell, how much is your time worth to deal with a buyer? if you want to get $5k out of the boat and you spend 5 hours dealing with a serious buyer, your time is worth $1k an hour.
That ain't bad money.
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