I wouldn't assume the crack there is normal until an expert confirmed this. If you find out it's NOT normal after the sale
and you have to hire a wharf to do structural repairs
to the keel you'll be down another couple of thousands (the wharf will probably advise you to scrap the boat).
Apart from that every boat can be fixed, and most of the rest of the work that needs to be done doesn't seem too horrible...
Couple of things though:
- Make sure the main structural things are in decent nick. That means hull
(keel and polyester delamination/osmosis), engine
and rig). If it turns out the engine needs an overhaul
you'll be looking at another 5k in costs if not more. If the mast
turns out to have hairline cracks or has to be scrapped you're looking at 10-15k. You can buy a whole lot of paint
for that money
... Start with a good base, go from there.
- What's your plan with the boat? What do you want to do with her and how do you want her to look? She can be fixed, but it will take a ****ton of time, effort and most likely money
to get her seaworthy
. If you want to make longer voyages, you'll want some extra gear
and you'll want to make some things sturdier still.
To be honest I think you'll save a lot of money, time and energy buying
a boat in better shape with just some aesthetical work. However if you don't have much money but you're willing to spend the next few years working your butt off and you just want something that will take you coast-hopping on sunny days you might be fine... However, get the structural/costly things checked out first, otherwise you're bound to be in for some surprises.
And trust me, you won't be able to sell her on to somebody else at that point. Boats in this kind of shape are usually found in boat "graveyards" here in Belgium...