As a purchaser of all things fixer upper ish, my semi pro amateur opinion is to run away and never think about this boat again! Go online look at sailboat list ings or yacht world. Find a boat that's been on either site for a long time that is say maybe asking 4-8k and offer them $3k. Then go sailing. You'll spend countless hours and way more money
than that getting it up to shape. If you work really hard at it and are lucky you can find free boats that are ready to drop in the water
, save the yearly list of varnish
and filters ect.
The trick is look around at the marina's, they usually have a corner of the lot or a separate lot for the "project" or forgotten boats. Look at the registration
tabs to see when they were last in the water
. The longer ago the better. If you find one that catches your eye with a little mold
and mildew on it, write down the name from the cradle
. Ask one of the yard hands or other boat owners what they know, then ask the office. If the office won't put you in touch, search their name and get in touch that way. That's my secret for finding cheap
boats, but don't tell anyone... PM me if you want more details lol.
What you should want is a boat that with some cleaning varnish
, fresh fuel
, tune up ect, can be dropped in the water. Even this will cost you $1000's. That boat there looks like a couple of years of hard work for the typical 40hr a week worker like me. There's your weekends and summer vacations used up just getting it to where you could've gotten a boat for cheap
in better shape, usually with lots of freeby gear
too. Anyways that's my take after I got one project
boat that was too far gone and 3 others that I fixed up and went sailing. The 3 I finished all looked to be in better more complete shape than that.