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Good luck. Seems like you've been bitten by the bug. In the four days since you originally posted this thread, you could have had a real survey done, even if abbreviated. Just keep that in mind, if the deal stays on hold.


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So, first you thought that $4000 was too good to be true. Now everything seems to check out, but you won't go above $3500? would you rather the owner had asked $6K for it and settled for $5K?

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Its a buyers market. Make an offer at half of what he is asking. If he doesn't take it, walk away. There are other boats out there, bigger, better, with engines. If after a month or two you haven't found a suitable boat, go back to this one. It will be there, only at a lower price.

Oh, the vhf reception on low battery excuse? I call BS on that. Any noise heard? Adjust the squech, still silent? Radio is shot, one more reason to walk away.
Also why is the battery low? Shorted cell?
Gezzz the boats on Craigslist, he is desperate.

Here is a Watkins in your neck of the woods in your price range.
http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/boa/3058377425.html
The guy says he is sick and needs to get rid of the boat. Do him a favor.

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Its a buyers market. Make an offer at half of what he is asking. If he doesn't take it, walk away. There are other boats out there, bigger, better, with engines. If after a month or two you haven't found a suitable boat, go back to this one. It will be there, only at a lower price.

Oh, the vhf reception on low battery excuse? I call BS on that. Any noise heard? Adjust the squech, still silent? Radio is shot, one more reason to walk away.
Also why is the battery low? Shorted cell?
Gezzz the boats on Craigslist, he is desperate.

Here is a Watkins in your neck of the woods in your price range.
REDUCED-Watkins W27 sailboat for sale or trade
The guy says he is sick and needs to get rid of the boat. Do him a favor.

I like the Watkins, remember for every 2 foot in length you pick up about 30% in interior volume. Plus the Watkins comes with a Jon boat and motor that you could resell for at least $500, offsetting the purchase price.


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checkin out the watkins today ill take pics.
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Seems to be at least on the surface a fine boat. For information and support Catalina usually has some great owners groups. Here's the link for the 25.

Catalina - Capri - 25s International Association

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http://catalina.sailboatowners.com/



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OK, so what is the outcome? You buy a boat/home?

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I let her go.. It was quite a funny story.
I told him I found a sweet deal on another that I could not pass up that seatrial morning.,
(via email)
he then replied some kind words and wished me bad luck on the water.

regardless, I have chosen to save more money and look for a bigger, more substantial boat.

watkins 27s are roomier indeed however this mans temporary house was not up to personal standards (to MY likings) I just felt too big of a project.

Im not settling for less than a 27 now... any suggestions?
I just like 1988Catalina 27

or this one: 1975 Tartan 27 sailboat for sale in Virginia

but I know there are just as great boats out there
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I let her go.. It was quite a funny story.
I told him I found a sweet deal on another that I could not pass up that seatrial morning.,
(via email)

I can understand his response. Courteous is calling the night before sea trial to tell the seller you're not interested. Discourteous is backing out by email on the day of sea trial.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere:


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You don't want to get a reputation for being a bad buyer, or others will hear. It's a very small community.

I would be upset to schedule and prep a sea trial and learn you weren't coming that morning by email. I hope he didn't wait at the boat for a no show and get your email later at home.
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