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Re: Canadian Sailcraft 1990
At the price point you are looking at you need to accept that pretty much every boat is going to need work. The important thing is that the boat has good bones. Things like an original engine shouldn't necessarily deter you, if it has been well maintained it should have plenty of life left. Definitely have a mechanic check it out. Standing rigging is also important, however shouldn't be a deal breaker but a negotiating point. Instruments do not affect the value of the boat. They are easily replaced. If they work they work. At least they were upgraded to TackTick at some point.
All these details only really come into play when you are looking at two similar boats. Obviously if one has been repowered and the other hasn't, the one with the new engine should be worth more, all else being equal.
Someone made a comment that they are suspicious of boats that have been raced. While it is true that a boat that has been raced hard and put away wet might be in rough condition, it is equally true that a boat that has been raced may be better equipped and maintained than a boat that was just cruised. Race boats get pushed much harder than cruisers, and yes, things break. But when they do, they get replaced, and likely upgraded. Deck hardware tends to be better, running rigging is usually higher quality, and the sails are likely better too. Most importantly a boat that has been raced is probably set up to function smoothly and efficiently. If you can overlook the additional cosmetic wear and tear like dings and abrasions in the gelcoat you may actually get a nicer sailing boat.
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2011 Jeanneau 39i Azura