Hey Big Joe - that boat is listed by a broker I know. Have you talked to him yet ? He is actually pretty good as far as brokers go - although I haven't let him in on that ...
The boat has been listed for a while, I remember seeing it when we were looking for our boat.
My general philosophy about buying
boats is that you are going to end up paying about the same as anyone else who is buying
a boat of the same size. Let me clarify that...I believe that a 35 foot boat in decent condition costs between 60 and 90 thousand Canadian. Now, you can pay that as a 20K purchase price, and then spend the 30 or 40K on upgrades, or you can pay it all upfront, but I don't believe that you can (generally) find a good 35 foot boat for 25 thousand dollars.
The problem with buying something like that is that you need to get the work done before you can sail, and you can't know until you actually do it how much it's going to cost you. There are always things that surveyors don't pick up.
If the boat was in great shape, it would have sold by now.
As far as that model of boat goes - they are good boats, but with anything that age it is entirely dependent on how well it has been maintained. Hughes built good hulls. Find out if and when it was barrier coated. (There are likely to be problems with the deck
, so make sure you get a really good surveyor
- the best one around is Peter McGuire - Fastnet Yacht Surveys. The brokers don't like him much but they will all tell you he's good.)
I would recommend that you call the broker, Bill Stevenson: Tel 905-278-2628 and talk to him. He's reasonably trustworthy. But when the time comes for a survey. I would avoid using a surveyor
that ANY broker recommended...
Me - I wouldn't buy the boat. It's going to be really hard to resell unless you have a new paint
job done - figure that's going to run you 12 grand minimum. Also - sails
for boats that size are really, really expensive - like 10K plus. Everything for boats that size is really expensive !
I would go for something like this - great boat - lots of new gear
in sailaway condition !
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