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Old 12-05-2016, 19:23   #1
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Input on 22' Southcoast?

I am a longtime reader, but my first post. thank you to absolutely everyone on here that takes the time to share their knowledge, it has been invaluable without even asking a question!

Until now!

I am looking at purchasing my first sailboat, and have had it in my head that $5k, and something under 30 is a safe bet. That said, I've recently come across a 22' Southcoast pop top, for $1000... With an outboard, all relatively good sails and in what looks like relatively good shape.

I'm almost confused by the low price? I've never thought of a starter boat as an investment, but I can't help but think that fixing the little things, and fixing up the (borderline nonexistent) interior would be a pretty sure way to make it a $1500 boat...

The questions are, is this really that bad of a first vessel to learn on our local lake and possibly some inshore saltwater? And is there anything to specifically look for as a point of failure?
And is this price normal?

Also, any input in general on my first foray into sailing would be appreciated.
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Old 13-05-2016, 07:41   #2
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Re: Input on 22' Southcoast?

I believe the Southcoast 22 was the predecessor to the MacGregor line. I looked at one back in the 80's and although rather spartan below, it would have been a fine starter boat for protected waters. The price is great if the sails are in good condition. If the sails are bad, pass it because even the cost of used sails will outweigh the value of the boat. Also, check for rot in the decks, condition of the running and standing rigging and any delamination of the bulkhead(s)/stringers. If these are fine, it's a good deal. The advantage of an older, cheaper boat is that if you have mechanical skills, you can learn as you go and not be overly concerned about mistakes you make along the way. As far as resale value, don't expect to make money or even break even since there are thousands of boats on the market in this category with sellers who just want their boat to go away. Good luck and safe sailing.
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