Originally Posted by Ruf361
Looks like a good boat - I see a few of them down here in the islands and the owners like them.
- - Remember the asking price
is a higher price
that they normally will be willing to sell for.
- - Look carefully at the bilges, bottoms of the teak
bulkheads, especially near the hull
damage and teak plywood
- - Check bilges for oil water
or oily wires. See if you can peek behind the electrical panels
(generally they do not let you do that until a survey) for a "rat's nest" of wires.
- - Check main mast
and mizzen mast keel
steps for corrosion/rotten keel
- - Check rudder
tube and quadrant area for leaking seals
, same with propeller
shaft stuffing box/seals.
- - See what kinds of sea-cocks and through-hulls - if they are bronze look for evidence of green corrosion
and if sea-cocks can be turned.
- - And anywhere else you can stick your head
- take a good bright beam flashlight to look into the corners and crannies of the boat.
- - If it all looks reasonably good - start bargaining. . . .