I'd like to get into cruising full time within the next 12-18 months. I'm looking at getting a "starter boat" (daysailer) for now--just to get on the water
and get a little experience with tinkering. I came across this boat on craigslist, and thought I would float it out there...what do ya'll think? Its an Advance Sweet 16, for $500.
I didn't see any cracks in the hull
are dusty but usable (some sail repair needed, detailed below). Major issues are 3 large cracks in the cockpit
. One on either side at the base of the centerboard
trunk (appx 12 in long), and one more where one of the bench seats meets the floor (appx 24 in long). The seller says that the cracks do not go through the hull
and that the boat is watertight. Its solid fiberglass
, so the only issue of water-damaged coring is in the centerboard
trunk. I worry that this could be a prohibitively complicated repair.
The second, larger crack leaves the two separated pieces surprisingly flimsy. I pressed on the floor next to the crack and it flexed in several inches. The seller said it would be a simple fix with fiberglass
tape and epoxy
resin applied from the outside, but I wonder if that would be strong enough to stay put, given that it might have to support the weight of someone standing on it
Other issue is the jib head
, but I've got some experience with a needle and thread and think I could tackle that.
Does anyone have experience with Sweet 16s in general? I saw in an archive on another forum that someone that "its a dog," but no other detail was given. Its light at only 450 lbs, and easy to manage by myself. At $500 I don't have much to lose, but also don't spend all my time repairing and no time sailing...