Have been thinking a bit more and had another look at the Ebay advert.
Although not very helpful, it's probably one of those boats that "if you have to ask, then don't" get involved.
From the advert seems that the seller thinks he has something of value and has put some decent effort into the description and boat model history
. But I always worry when someone with something old starts using the term "classic"
and IMO telling that he hasn't bothered to put any effort into improving presentation of the boat itself. and no photos of the engine
bay - if the tide mark was half way up the saloon
would have been mostly under (with an oil
slick all over to match). and a 4107 is likely original........If buying
I would budget
on replacement of engine, gearbox
and a large chunk of ancilliaries. Despite her only being 28 foot and a nice flat transom not really suitable for hooking an outboard
on the back as she will require a fair bit of poke to move her in anything other than benign conditions - and she is not really a boat that could sail out of pretty much anything, so a decent engine more important than with some other boats.
FWIW over this part of the world she would simply be (another) old boat, not a "classic". the UK prices quoted would be for a good one, and in purchasing
power can translate as 1:1.......so I would not think that £15k in the Europe
equals $23k in USA. Besides, in US she is an unknown out of position model (aka "Rare"
) over here she would no longer be a well known model either.
But for the right person (and use) could be a good boat - but would be married to her
even if bought for $ 1 or 2k........but $15k and hands on work
for a year (or 2?) would likely turn out nice. might even be worth $10k by then