I think you have a good idea on first boat - small and cheap
. On something like this, before buying
I would want her afloat and
fully rigged - not really for a test sail, mainly to make sure all the bits were there! (not a million things on her, but bits and pieces do add up $$$ wise - and I wouldn't rely on assurances that any missing bits would be provided later).
And maybe next time you look - take a tape measure! But a good idea on the photos though
. I would really try and identify the make / model and photos (and length) plus any numbers etc would help hawking it around the internet forums
- and would help to generate some good advice.
I can't tell what that crack is about - if the boat is double skinned and filled with foam then likely that the foam is soaking wet. that would make it worthless - they don't dryout ashore, need digging out by hand
. I would also want to identify how the crack came about.
depends on your local market - and how much trailers are valued in your area (and how road legal
it is). But (without that crack) to me $1200 all there & functioning (even if not good for 20 years) does not sound unreasonable - under $1k sounds even more reasonable though
My gut feeling is right idea, wrong boat - but all good, as you've gained some useful hands on knowledge for free (apart from time and a bit of head
scratching - welcome to the world of boats
)..........one of the secrets to happy boat ownership
is - not buying
someone else's problems