The extremely dark boards on the sole are a classic example of water
damage. It could have happened 20 years ago or last year no way to tell from pictures. But when combined with other water
damaged wood (again dark staining) it indicates a boat that has real water intrusion problems.
replacement they talk about indicates water intrusion into the core
of the boat. Basically the layer of wood sandwiched between two layers (top and bottom) of the deck
. When water gets to this wood it rots, and the only way to fix it is to open up the fiberglass
around the damage, replace the core, and then patch the repair.
The fact the entire deck
has been reprimed indicates the scale of the bad core. Someone spent a lot of time or money
repairing a damaged spot this large and then stopped just before the last, and easiest part of the job. To me this indicates a few possibilities. 1) they realized the repair job was defective and walked away. 2) the owner died, 3) more water damaged was found requiring starting the process over again. 4) they ran out of money
Finally the add indicates some more core work needs to be done. This is expensive either in your time, or boat yard cash. It is a structural element of the boat, and sailing without finishing the job is like driving with a bent axle... Sure you might get where you are going, or the entire thing could go pear shaped on the way to get a gallon of milk. The only responsible option is to fix it.
Either way there is a substantial problem there and I wouldn't want to get saddled with it.
If you look at the 4th from last picture you can also see water damaged wood along the outer perimeter of the headliner
and wooden cabinetry. My guess is that this is an indicator of the area that caused the core to rot
. So roughly from the bulkhead in front of the mast
all the way back to the chainplates.
It is very difficult to diagnose these things from pictures, particularly pictures taken with an eye to selling the boat not documenting damage. But the areas involved are large enough and critical enough I would pass. It could be that a fresh coat of paint
is all it would take to return her to good condition, but a half finished repair job raises my hackles. Particularly with a new boater who doesn't know what he is getting into.
By comparison take a look at https://longisland.craigslist.org/boa/5470383340.html
with an asking price
of $14,500. Just go take a look at them both and report what you think. I am betting the one you posted smells a little musty has somewhat rotten lines, and feels a little dingy. While the second looks like a very well maintained example of an older boat in need of a good home.
On the second I would probably offer $10k and offer to go to act of sale
immediatly (after inspection
and test sail). Older used boats can sit for months on the market, a cash buyer ready to close today is worth a lot to most sellers. These boats seem to list in good updated condition at around 15k, with a bottom of $7k for poor condition ones. The one I listed I would place in the good to very good condition, with some nice perks (sailing dinghy
, new inboard diesel
, rebuilt chainplates, etc).
Yes it is more, but one is turn key the other not so much.