My name is Cassiano Viana and I live over here in GA. I have recently gained an interest in sailing and have began scouring the webs for a ship. I found a 1971 Catalina
27 at a very low and attainable price
. I'll apologize for the long post in advance.
I messaged the seller and even I (who have no real knowledge of sailboats or even boats in general to be honest etc..) feel a few red flags
this is the listing
is an evenrude outboard
which sits inside the engine
well. It works fine.
It has a head
, and its intact. We used it in the past, but not since we flushed it 2 years ago. I use the space to store the Genoa
Lots of extras which include an auto tiller. (
It has an upgraded main sheet rig to increase the space in the cockpit
Built in weather radio
as well as am/fm stereo and speakers around the cabin
and exterior lighting
fans within the cabin.
power battery charger
. Brand new battery
Ladder, Life vests, fishing
rods, spot light, tool box, 12v heater
Lots and lots of other items that make this yacht complete.
Sleeps two adults, and a child comfortably, (although it can sleep 6)
Lake Lanier is humongous with endless sailing! There are lots of restaurants and bars on the water
which make for nice destinations.
I've enjoyed sailing to distant coves, throw an anchor
, watch the sunset and camp out.
Great sail boat
, on a wonderful lake.
Slip is transferable."
The slip is 150/mo. (wet slip)
I also have a friend who owns a dock
on the lake and has enough space for me to possibly dock
there instead of a marina(recommendation?)
I then asked him the following questions to which he replied -- I'm terribly sorry, I have no answers to these questions.
When was the ship last surveyed? He's never had it surveyed
If you don't mind me asking what can be expected as far as insurance
prices go? (Ballpark of what you have paid?) He said he doesn't know the insurance
How many hours are on the engine
? he replied with -- the engine is old but reliable.
He hd mentioned the boat
was in decent condition on the ad, so I asked how he determined the condition and what was the history
of the boat.
"I've had it for around 5 years.
I bought it from an older gentleman who owned it for a long time. He kept it up on lake lanier.
Please feel free to conduct your own investigation on it's condition. "
With all that being said-- should I walk from something like this? Or is it truly worth investigating? Also, would anyone from the GA area be willing to maybe meet and give it a once over before i invest in having it surveyed?
As i said the price
point of the ship is beyond tempting for someone with limited knowledge so any help would be seriously appreciated.