I'm by no means an expert on Hardins, though I did admire a few in my boat-shopping a few years back; but I do have some perspective on a big refit
, as my Cuttyhunk 59 is currently being resurrected in Trinidad (3rd year and counting...).
A boat in any state other than "cruise-ready" or "turn-key" (and few boats for sale
really are) is at a serious disadvantage re resale value. Perhaps you know this, as you're looking to have her worked on. There is a wide range of fixer-upper values, so without a lot more info there's no way for the casual observer to confirm that 60K is a fair price
for her as is.
I can't vouch for Mexico
, but I can speak for Trinidad as being a good place to have a wood-intensive boat reworked, as teak
grows native, and the labour rates are reasonable compared to the US. I imagine Mexico
ought to be competitive re the latter; certainly better than what you'll find in San Diego
My general advice is to have her thoroughly surveyed and appraised as is, where is. There may be skeletons you don't know about. Accurate bad news is far better than optimistic speculation. You may do better to sell her warts and all without spending another dime, than to get her all pretty and then take a loss anyway...unless it's important for you to finish your parents' dream regardless of cost.
I have to hand it to you, you're ahead of the game
in knowing what size and kind of boat is right for you. It will allow you to look at the subject of the Hardin with more objective eyes.
Just a few random thoughts to toss around. Best of luck!