A 27 ft boat for $7,800 can be a good deal. Notice I said , CAN be.
Here are a few clues that make me think it's got potential.
1. It doesn't have a lot of electronics
, and those that it does have are old.
2. It does not have self-tailing winches.
3. It doesn't have a lot of extras.
4. It looks pretty much like it would have in 1971.
5. It looks clean.
The refrig is a little different, but my gut feeling is that this boat spent a lot of time on the dock
. Can you find out who owned it and how long they had it?
Here's my guess, and it's only a guess. The fact that it has, what may be the original non-tailing winches suggests the original owner had it for a long time, and it probably spent a lot of time going in and out of the water
but used very little. Hours on the engine
might give you some clues as to usage, if the meter has always worked. Find out who stored and maintained the boat. Ask around. The diesel
can be a plus if good. And if well maintained could last forever. But get it checked.
The Danforth anchor
and the refrig are as Bash implied throwaways. I'd get a good anchor, chain and rode
and keep the Danforth as a backup. The refrig, it might do you fine for awhile. The sails are important, again they might do you OK for a start. And you can get good used sails.
I've seen boats like this that were used for a while then would go in and out of the water
year after year and be used maybe 1 day per year or less.
Do some research
, ask around, see if you can see the logs
and receipts. Get a good survey
. To get it up the current
standards won't be cheap
. If you have a good feeling about the boat and it will fit your needs, make an offer. Like $4,000 or less and see what happens.
It also depends on how you want to use it. If you're day sailing
, weekend sailing or even going out for a week or two locally. It could be a nice boat.
There are quite a few self help how to buy a sailboat articles out there.