Hello fellow sailnetters,
So I finally found this boat,, seems too good to be true.
25 foot Catalina Sailboat !
I went and self surveyed this boat myself for about an hour and a half today. It really does look like the pics and has all the things i need and wouldnt ever need. Roller furling, fridge, vhf, bimini, autopilot, depth finder and tons of tools and extras. Met the guy seems pretty nice and he told me he sailed to the keys not too long ago. It has all these extras and the thing is, im confused as to why the cost is what it is. Is this sketchy? Like I said I checked most of the configurations myself from standing rigging to seacocks to electrics to hull (above water) condition. Im comfortable with the minor cosmetics I would need to do to get her "perfect."
It doesnt come with the outboard which im fine with, as It will be just a project boat / liveaboard til I can find myself a nice OB.
So the marina its docked at doesnt have the ability to take er out of the water for a full professional survey.
He offered to let me take her out on a test drive.
How can I get her surveyed without the ability to outhaul?
He also offered to sail it to the marina (that does have a forklift) that I will be docking it at, and just uninstall the OB and he will take it home.
Im thinkin theres gotta be somethin up--- maybe an enormous amount of blisters? Or keel damage? Something I cant see. Or maybe Im just overthinking. I really want this boat but dont want to jump the gun.
Its a fixed Keel model Catalina 25 1982
excellent sail and running rigging condition.
Should I just test drive her myself and let that be the last of my prepurchase inspections?
Help me out soon guys I dont want this to pass by it could be my chance, because its right in my price range
Thanks a bunch!