It has been a few months since my last post, but as the boating
season looms in the not-terribly-distant future, we are resuming the search for our first boat.
Last weekend we looked at a (1974) Catalina
27. When the boat's original owner died, the son inherited it and apparently let it sit on the hard
on stilts in the marina for ten years. Two years ago, the current
owners bought it and fixed it up - the interior teak
has been refinished, it has new cushions/curtains, etc. They now have a newer boat, so they're selling this one. The standing rigging
on looks good, the running rigging
and main sail were replaced two years ago and have had little use.
They had the boat listed in 2006 for around $4600. During the past year or so, the boat took on some rain water
through the hatch
above the V-berth, and this did a bit minor damage to the interior
- the galley
surface is a little warped, etc. The same water
problem rusted the inboard engine
, and for this reason, the new owners converted to an outboard
(Mercury 9.9) Because of these problems, the owner dropped the asking price
to just under $2K. In spite of the interior water leak problem, the boat does not smell of mold
or mildew, and I am extremely sensitive to these due to allergies. It is clean.
Aside from the above-mentioned interior water damage and a bit of cracking in the gelcoat
in the corners of the cabin
roof on the inside, we don't see any major problems. There is no crazing or cracks where the rigging attaches to the boat, either on the topside or in the cabin
. There is no softness on top, and it doesn't even have the proverbial "Catalina smile" at the keel
. There are no indications of any hard grounding on the hull
Do any of you folks have any advice? My husband and I have pretty much settled on buying
this boat. We do not want to pay for an expensive survey
, and we know that we will have to put some money
into this boat. She looks like a lightly used boat
. This will be our first boat, one that we'll learn on and take on day sails
on the Chesapeake.
What do ya'll think? (Thank you in advance for any comments.)