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Checking out a 1971 Mariner 2+2 19 tomorrow. Tips?
Hi, folks. New member here. Weeks back I was a thinking about possibly taking on a 30' boat that, while serviceable, needed lots of love, AND was moored, because, well, it was too big to trailer. I decided not to go that route and started passively looking for trailered boats that I could convince the Missus to let me buy and throw money at.
This *is* last notice, as I just saw the ad today, so I don't expect a lot of response, but I'm hoping for a bit of advice before I go see it tomorrow at lunch time.
Don't have a hull number, but I know it's a 1971. Hardware was removed for paint, but seller bought a bigger boat instead. Boat hasn't been painted. Hardware is on hand. Seller says hull is sound, with no soft spots. Sails are serviceable but will likely need to be replaced after another season or two. I know how to sew and will likely buy a Sailrite kit to replace them to keep expenditures lower.
Boat and trailer are both titled; don't know the condition of the trailer; seller says it's road worthy with working lights.
No motor on the boat.
Price is too good to not go look at.
So, having said all that, what should I look for and what should make me run away?
I know the basics of sailing, having learned on a Flying Scot, but I need practice and a guide before handling a boat alone. I've read this is a very user-friendly boat for beginners. I live 10 minutes from a ramp on the Patuxent River in Maryland at a wide, slow, gentle spot, and am about 20 miles from the Chesapeake Bay. While not an ultimate fishing boat by any measure (rigging and such), with a small motor to reach in closer to shore easily, I can at least take my kids out on it to toss a line off the back.