Depending on where you sail, the Great Lakes can get extremely rough weather
and are known for their comparably quick weather
changes. A boat like the Hunter 25 would be fine for some portions of the Great Lakes but not others.
Hunter 25's typically sell for less than the $5500 starting price
being asked by the seller. I recently looked at an '82 for a friend with an asking price
of $6000. It was nicely redone and we figured that the sales price would be around $5000. Older Magregors and Ventures typically sell for around $3K but are not as well built as a Hunter and do not sail as well as a Hunter.
Boats of that general age and price range often suffer from deferred long term maintenance
. Unless very well maintained and updated by a previous owner, you might expect to need to address some combination of the following items:
, chainplates, mast
step and associated suporting structure, standing and running rigging
that are beyond their useful lifespan,
· an engine
that is in need of rebuild
· worn out or out of date deck
, and head hardware
· worn out upholstery,
· Non skid in need of renewing,
· Out of date safety gear
that are non operational, or in need of updating,
systems that need repairs
, upgrades to modern standards or replacement.
· Thru hulls and seacocks in need of replacement,
· Blister, fatigue, rudder
, rotten bulkheads, failed tabbing, hull deck
joint or deck coring problems
bolt replacement (bolt on keel) or delamination
of the hull
from the ballast for a glassed in keel
· And perhaps a whole range of aesthetic issues.
Depending on the combination of items required, doing this kind of long term maintenance
can quickly add up to the value of the boat and in some cases several times the value of the boat.
is harder on engines and metal parts
. Fresh water is harder on wooden and fiberglass
components. Boats from the North East and from the Great Lakes tend to be in better shape mostly because they have a shorter sailing season and more time for dedicated maintenence.