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09-07-2013 11:16 PM
Re: Going to look at a boat

Check my new thread.

This ad does include the outboard. But I know what ad you seen that said may or may not and also putting money into it.

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09-07-2013 10:00 PM
Re: Going to look at a boat

Why, oh why are boats so d##n seaductive......??????
09-07-2013 09:52 PM
Re: Going to look at a boat

I confess alarm bells go off in my head as well at the phrase, 'Too cheap to not take a look at'.

Sometimes $0 is too much for a boat. If it needs repairs that you can't handle, you'll have an albatross around your neck that you'll be paying insurance and slip fees to own. A poorly maintained boat is also a dangerous boat to sail. Many experienced sailors will tell you the most dangerous trips are deliveries of poorly maintained boats. Stuff goes wrong quickly on those sails.

As an inexperienced sailor you won't be able to tell the difference, most likely, between a bargain and a death trap.

Is there anyone more experienced who can help you in your search? Can you wait and sail through clubs while you build your sailing kitty into a price range that includes more well-maintained boats?

Good luck in your search - I just finished one myself so I've been there. Lots of frogs, very few turn into princes. E.
09-07-2013 09:33 PM
Re: Going to look at a boat

Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
Paying for disposal may cost a few beads. Seems strange the seller "may or may not" include the outboard. And that he or she is simultaneously planning on putting money into the boat and sell the boat. OTOH, might me a great deal!
Yeah, plus the fact that the boat is in Anacortes, and OP is on Lake Michigan.
09-07-2013 09:09 PM
Re: Going to look at a boat

Paying for disposal may cost a few beads. Seems strange the seller "may or may not" include the outboard. And that he or she is simultaneously planning on putting money into the boat and sell the boat. OTOH, might me a great deal!
09-07-2013 02:19 PM
Re: Going to look at a boat

Seen the ad ! The engine is worth the asking price if it runs ! Worst case part it out & cut it up & throw in the dumpster, Best case you got a very nice boat for a few beads & a song.
09-07-2013 01:20 PM
Re: Going to look at a boat

How was the boat?

I hope you did better than the first boat I looked at. I had my suspicions that the pics the guy sent me were out of date, so I went a day early to check out the exterior in advance. The boat was clearly trashed - pics must have been 10 years old - so I canceled my appointment and never looked inside.

Like I said, I hope you had better luck.

OTOH, while we were at the marina we spoke to the local Catalina dealer, who sized us up and told us he thought the C250 would be perfect for us. He had a used one for sale, but it had issues so we passed. After 5 (winter) months of looking at boats up to 36' from Norfolk to Kingston, NY, we ended up buying a C250, but it was in much better condition than the one he had. It was a FSBO in the same marina.
09-06-2013 12:03 PM
Re: Going to look at a boat

Here's another for comparison.... price also TGTBT except for stated issues..

26ft Ranger Sailboat
09-06-2013 11:14 AM
Re: Going to look at a boat

I bought the second boat I looked at so you never know what "deals" are there. A "too good to be true" price is relative. If he was trying to get $5K for a 79' and has to let it go for $2K that is about right. It hasn't moved so give it a good look.

The fact that he is letting you look without him there is telling...he trusts the boat condition to be as described. Check below for moisture, in all the storage areas, under cushions, bilge(of course). Run the engine if possible, look at the rigging for corrosion and such.

It is not rocket science but you will inevitably miss something...LOL

Have fun
09-06-2013 09:56 AM
Alex W
Re: Going to look at a boat

Honestly if the discussion on loose footed sails is going way over your head then I'd suggest slowing down, spending more time learning about sailing (through classes, local clubs, hanging out at the docks) and assessing what you want or need.

The problem with moving too fast is that you can easily end up with a boat that has negative value and be stuck with either a massive "Fix it" project or figuring out how to dump it. Neither option is going to be any fun.

The Ranger 26 is a good boat design. Figuring out if this Ranger 26 is a good one takes some skills that it sounds like you don't have. Any mechanically inclined person who can be objective can get those skills by reading a few books and looking at a lot of boats.
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