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Unless a dead squirrel falls out of the sails or the boat looks nothing like the pictures, I think you’re on to something. Be ready to decide and be ready to close, really good deals don’t last.
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Okay my friends. So much great advice. I think I found something that I'm really excited about. It's ready to sail, great price but also needs a little love which I want to really put that work into bringing her back to life. I've seen these boats beautifully refinished and have heard really good things about them. It's a 1969 Cal 25. Thoughts? Also what would you say a fair price would be on this boat? I'm offering $2500.00. He is asking 3K.
Those vintage "flat top" Cal's will really sail well, i.e. that design will reward your ever-increasing skill level with faster sailing. Good design, even by "modern standards". Probably will need sails, but there are decent discount dacron sail sellers around. (Friend of mine has been a dealer for Lee Sails for over 20 years and he warranties his sails and they are a good deal for the buck.)

As with any boat over 10 or 15 years old, check the transom carefully for core rot. Same for deck.

Big enough interior for modest cruising and yet small enough to day sail solo.

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Unless a dead squirrel falls out of the sails or the boat looks nothing like the pictures, I think youíre on to something. Be ready to decide and be ready to close, really good deals donít last.
I bought it Phil. The brand new 9hp 4 stroke mercury outboard alone is around 2k from what I've seen online. Definitely needs a new gel coat. Everything felt solid. Settled on a deal at $2750.00. He originally wanted 4500.00 then re-listed for 3k. I feel like I got a good deal here and am excited to get this thing fixed up. My big thing is taking this baby out of the water and having it repainted bottom to top. Wonder what I'm getting myself into with that cost? Anyway. Thanks for all your input Phil. Had to jump on this one. Cal seems to have a good reputation as well.
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Unless a dead squirrel falls out of the sails or the boat looks nothing like the pictures, I think youíre on to something. Be ready to decide and be ready to close, really good deals donít last.
...And no dead squirrel!
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Good luck with it.

I like the way Cal's sail....

Before you think about gel coat get a buffer, compound, wax and see what happens.

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Some number to plan with: Make sure the motor works or prepare to spend, especially if you arent handy with motors. Sails are most likely blown out. Expect about 1K for each. New quality lines, about $100 each. If in salt water especially, check the bottom for growth and age of bottom paint. Look for rust and popped strands on the steel shrouds. Couple of hundred to replace each pair (at least).
Motor wasn't working. Clogged fuel line apparently.
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Good luck with it.

I like the way Cal's sail....

Before you think about gel coat get a buffer, compound, wax and see what happens.

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Almost joined the club! Ended up not buying last minute. Motor stopped working. Told the owner to get back to me when he has the motor working. Now looking at an 1985 San Juan 7.7 and a 1977 28' Grampian....What do you think? Any opinions on either of these?
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Hey guys! Looking at a Grampian 28' (1977) and a San Juan 7.7 (1985)... Any thoughts or opinions on either of these boats. Appreciate it guys!
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Almost joined the club! Ended up not buying last minute. Motor stopped working.
Sorry to hear that about the motor. Hope that shakes out for you, even with getting the motor serviced, that still sounds like a good deal. Definately a solid boat.
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Sorry to hear that about the motor. Hope that shakes out for you, even with getting the motor serviced, that still sounds like a good deal. Definately a solid boat.
Hey Phil. Found a San Juan 24 (1975). She's in great shape. Do you know anything about these boats personally?
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