Honestly at the age and condition you're talking about, most of these boats come down to just personal preference. They're all similarly built hand layup
FRP of about the same thickness. Most of them were made in Costa Mesa by the same group of people day jobbing at different factories.
You should be considering that you're buying
, a mast
, and a keel
. If all three are true, everything else is easily fixed.
A 6hp outboard that will move any of these boats at hull speed
is $1500. A brand new suit of sails is $1500. New rigging
is <$1000 professionally done.
As long as the winches are properly backed, the hull
floats, the seacocks are nonexistent, and the transom mount is solid, you're in business.
The only things that are truly difficult/nonstarters on boats of this type are leaky deck/hull joints under the rub rail, mast
step breakage, loose/leaking chainplates, and fiberglass
damage. If there's an unusual system such as a daggerboard/centerboard or a water
ballast tank, that will need a quick look as well.
But honestly, if it floats, and if you can wash it down with a hose and it stays dry inside, and the mast is straight, and it looks like all the pieces parts
are there, you're in business at this price
Trailers are a different story--No trailer lasts 20 years, and whatever trailer you get with these boats will be on its last legs. I would inspect them thoroughly. New axles and tires will run about $1000. New draw bar will run <$1000. If you like the boat but the trailer sucks a new trailer can be had for $3000 and a serviceable used trailer can be had for $1000.
If you're not the guy who likes scrubbing down the interior
, painting the exterior, and rebedding hardware
, and repacking wheel
bearings, I suggest spending an additional $5,000 now to get something vastly younger and more "ready to wear".