SC 31 - have you sailed on one? Be aware that the SC 31 is not the same as the SC 35 and the specs are not comparable. The SC 31 may heel easily, not work that well in light air, and be a bit more uncomfortable in the waves. In my charts
its only a 3/10 in score.
If this is the RI listing, looks interesting...but have a real hard survey done on it (soft deck
may be an issue if uncovered all winter) and have separate surveys performed on the rigging
and the engine
. I know the engine
is considered new or rebuilt @ 428 hrs but you better check it just the same..including the transmission
...its been on the hard
and may not be winterized correctly. There is also a question about the fuel
in the tank. Put the boat on a sea trial definitely. This boat has been around and who knows about the hull
That said, you offer what you offer up front...depending on the boat and condition, and how much your cruising budget
will allow for refitting. And give your reasons to the parties so they know you have some thought behind it. That way they will be more inclined to accept it or offer something reasonable too instead of balking and being emotional. I usually cry 10-20% below offer considering whether I need to transfer, and compared to other historical listings I am tracking. If I think I need to lowball, the boat is probably not worth my time anyway - given repair, outfitting and other costs. So I won't feel too guilty about it. If I think the price is too high to begin with, I won't worry if they are insulted with a low offer because I know I have done my homework.
At least for me, the most important thing to think about when evaluating and making an offer are the essential high ticket items - hull
, deck, rigging
, and engine. Everything else is nice have or easier to service
. Mostly I can justify them mentally in some way as being either needed or not needed. If I need something it's easy to scrounge it up from somewhere. But the essentials take up big $$$ and big time. A fancy scarfed planking liner in the V-berth doesn't impress me as much as a new engine with 3 filters. A custom made navigation
table doesn't impress me as a new awlgripped deck. Monitor windvane
? Sure it's a necessity for me, but my refit budget
allows for one because I know upfront most boats don't have one. All boats have hulls. All boats have engines.
To sum up: make your own list of necessities and evaluate as needed. And do not be swayed by the nice curtains and oiled teak
And remember..."there are ALWAYS boats to buy, and MORE to be listed soon if you don't find it this weekend"
Also, I would do my homework and measure boat characteristics up front so you have a select set of boats that you know are good for your need and track them.
Lastly...hint NE buyers season typically in fall-mid winter when owners don't want to pay land storage
and they are done with their summer sails.