Originally Posted by Owen Stubbs
You guys are absolutely correct. I spoke with the chief financial officer, and we have agreed to walk away from this particular Catalina 30
. We would always be concerned with what might happen miles from shore when a catastrophic failure could be life threatening. Just not worth it.
I sincerely appreciate everyone's input and look forward to showing off a better choice when we find it!
Chief financial officer ( the wife )???
Owen as someone else said budget
as much as you can afford to lose . Imo as little as possible really for any age you are looking at 80's ish is going to need work doing on it . To make it perfect for you . You will probably never get that money
back but it will be the boat you trust and love .
I was lucky with my c30 at $5500
But only lucky cos I'm very handy and was able to do full service
and all alterations myself . Spending $1500 on it selling it to friends for a bit less then total I'd spent .
But I had a great few month spent on it before my upgrade
Also don't get me wrong 7 ish years ago when I imagined buying
a wreck trawler
, renovating it motoring the world . A wise person on here said to me . The cheapest boats can be the most expensive .
The best thing to do is shop around hard , view lots off Craig's list . Barter hard ( it's a buyers market ) and you'll know when the right boat comes along when the engine starts first time , runs smooth , it has no cracks round the mast and you can see past the mucky cushions ( that's not been the owners priority but the real issues have )
Hope this makes sense .