you as a self described novice
and budding seaman if I were you I would avoid that thing like the plague.
MacGregors can be quite nice boats but they are known to sail like pigs and move under power like pigs and not be the best of either world,
Most MacGregors have daggerboard style rudders that drop down for when you are sailing. They are probably removed from the boat as it's out of the water. Possibly lost
The interior is in DISMAL shape. If you know little about boating
and are looking to have some fun this is NOT your boat. This boat is a four letter word. WORK. A lot of it. With a gutted interior like that there's high chance someone figured the boat was a writeoff hulk at one point or another, else why would they take the time to rip out practically everything nice on board? MacGregors come with quite nice interiors stock from the factory.
Next if you're on a budget
your going to be shelling out for a big outboard engine
. That means lots of gas. If you want to sail you will likely be buying
a whole compliment of sails, which equals EXPENSIVE. Seeing as you are inexperienced masting and demasting your boat and potentially mounting and unmounting a keel
equals HUGE RISK OF CATASTROPHIC ERROR which could result in damage to your boat or loss of life.
My advice? You are looking for boats that are too cheap. Its not the most fun advice to hear but you will need to spend a little bit more if you want to have some fun. Bump your budget
to $2500-$5000 and shop around at moorage payment time (December and May). There are lots of people who dont use their boats who look at their moorage bill and put the boat up for sale
to avoid paying for another round of insurance
and moorage. With the right timing and the right budget you can actually get a pretty good boat that is ready to go for that amount of money
that will do what you want to do with it.
If you're just wanting to get out on the water for quick daytrips etc. you might want to stick with a small fiberform powerboat. If you're expecting to do a lot of overnighters and are willing to learn how to sail get a sailboat because they almost all have cabins.
Sorry to be so blunt, but that MacGregor
in your pictures looks like a POS. The guy is probably selling it so he doesn't have to pay for the land to store it on. If you are right keen on a MacGregor for the ability to power and sail, any Mac other than that one for your own sanity.
That boat = MONEY PIT