I am the new owner of an '88 Hunter
My admittedly untrained eye thinks it is in pretty fair shape.
Good running diesel
not new, but perfectly good for cruising.
Hull seems to be in great shape. A scuff here and there, new bottom paint
Running rigging a few years old, but looks good. Standing rigging is at least 22 years old, but looks fantastic. Other older boats I have looked at generally have some indication of corrosion
. I see none on this boat. This tells me the owner has done a good job keeping it clean. I realize that "looks good" is not a sufficient test if I had blue water
aspirations, but I think it's fine for close coastal cruising.
Interior looks good. A bit of weathering around companionway
, but nothing a little sanding/oil won't fix. Cushions
reupholstered a few years ago.
seems very solid. One small area a little soft. Will likely try the injected epoxy fix or may just live with it for now.
Functional furuno radar
, 2 VHFs and an older GPS
Rudder bearings a little sloppy. Plan to do them this winter
while it is on the hard
Is there a way to assess the rudder internally short of cutting it open and having a look? I am an xray repair
tech. I am half tempted to run it through an xray. I would think that corrosion
would show up as it changes the density of the metal.
, to save a couple of dollars used regular steel
chainplate anchors. These hide behind the liner. Mine look to be pretty well corroded.
Upon finding this issue (after handing over the check!!!!) I became a bit worried, but after researching the issue and the fix (cutting a hole in the liner and replacing them) I am confident I can make it better than new, for short money
and not too much of my time.
So, what did I pay for it?
I first looked at it back in May. Seller was asking 12K. I offered 10 and he accepted. I thought this price
was more than fair.
He wouldn't take the deposit I offered.
He should have.
After going home and researching the cost of keeping it and coming across an opportunity to have unlimited use of a friend's Pearson
27 in exchange for helping him sort out a few issues, I decided to withdraw my offer to buy.
I assumed it would sell this past summer. It almost did a few times, but a few weeks ago as I am scrolling through the craigslist ads, there it is. 8K obo.
Hummmm. I really didn't need to see that!!!!!
So I messaged him.
Hi Barry, this is Pete, the guy who backed out of the sale
this spring. I see it's back up. I am still interested.
To be honest, I wasn't THAT interested and would have passed at 8K.
A couple days later he texts me that he has an offer for 4500. Beat it and it's mine!
Damn. I really dont need to this boat now....but this guy is doing a pretty good Don Corleone imitation. He's making me an offer I can't refuse.
I probably could have been an a-hole and offered him 4550, but this guy has been completely honest with me all along and I still felt a little guilty for reneging on my original offer to buy. So I offered him 4800.
I am also on the hook for this winter's storage
and launch next May ($1925).
So, did I screw up?
I realize that buying a boat
without a survey
is a crapshoot. My personal opinion on surveys is you'd be a fool to pass on one if you are buying a boat
for 50K or even 25K.
But for under 7K?
This is money
I can afford to lose and I would rather put that thousand bucks, give'r'take towards the boat.
In the end it came down to my feel for the owner. He seems like a very honest person who had a perfectly plausible reason for selling. He says his knees are shot so he bought a powerboat last year and the admiral laid down the one boat rule
If there is anyone in the Newburyport, MA area familiar with these boats, I would love to have you take a look so you can congratulate/ridicule me for my decision to buy this thing. I will provide the beverage of your choice for an hour or two of your time.
Would also like to hear from anyone who's done the rudder bearing job an a Legend 35/37....