Originally Posted by SweetSurrender
I've been thinking about that. He's asking $49K, what should I offer in your opinion?
Offer him $35K....all he can do is say yes, no or counter-offer.
No matter what happens, have any
boat that you buy surveyed. Buyer pays for the haul-out & survey
if the boat is in the water
. You may want to arrange an in-water survey
before making an offer. Then haul the boat and have the survey completed.
nice but it's a pretty light boat, like the Hunter.
I'll bet the best built boat, in the 3 that you listed, is the Union. It looks like it was built in the same yard as my Passport 45. That thing was a tank. I just hated all that teak. The decks leaked like hell. I ended up cutting off the entire top layer of glass on the decks to get rid of the teak and the soaking wet core
. I put in a new core
and re-glassed the decks. Never had another problem with that boat. I just hated all the work that the teak trim was. The only way that I would buy a boat with teak decks is if the decks were installed with the vacuum system instead of screwing it down to a perfectly good F/G deck
with 4,000 screws.
All that being said.......BIGGER
is better........trust me.
My 1st circumnavigation
was on a '69 Columbia 36. It was OK......I had to do a lot of reinforcing on that boat and it was not comfortable. It was more like "Camping" than "Living aboard". When we bought the Passport 45, we thought we died and went to heaven. Long ocean Passages became a lot more enjoyable. Foul weather was more of a nuisance than a threat. There was all the comforts of home and plenty of storage
The big draw-back was all the work on the teak. It looked terrible most of the time because we just didn't want to spend all of our time in port varnishing. When we did take the time, it was brutal because we had to take off all the old varnish
and put on 6-10 coats. If I had it to do all over again, I would do a nice varnish
job, let it sit for 3 months then sand and paint
it. After I finished cruising, I'd sand off the paint
and add a coat of varnish to bring her back to beautiful. The fact is, paint would look better than the old worn out varnish that we had most of the time.
I just looked at the hull pic again. It's pretty clear that he grounded that boat. There's a big chunk out of the bottom-front of the keel. That's why there was some separation in the front of the keel. That may or may-not be a big deal. Again, point it out to the surveyor.
Best case scenario, the keel bolts
will need to be tightened. Make sure that they put a big leveraged pry-bar on the keel bolts, to make sure that the bolts don't turn inside the keel.
Worst case scenario, the keel bolts need to be replaced and maybe a hull stringer needs to be repaired. All that stuff can be repaired and the cost negotiated with the seller.