1. Clear title and registration
. I once bought a sixteen footer and later discovered the registration
is for a twelve footer.
2. Completeness and functionality: Step mast
and bend on sails
and rig to make sure everything you need is there and it works.
3. General condition of hull: Does it need paint
. With a wood boat, I would like some assurance it doesn't leak. Maybe use a hose to put some water
on the inside.
4. Condition of outboard
. Hang it from the transom with the prop in a garbage can of water to see if it will start.
5. Condition of trailer. Is it roadworthy. Is there rust? Do the lights work
? How old are the tires? Have they been sitting in the sun for years?
More than three, but that's what comes to mind.