I am looking at two boats for sale
on the cheap
The first is a buccaneer 210 for $400 OBO
It comes with a trailer
that is functional, but needs clean-up, a mast
, deck hardware
is all present and functional, standing rigging
that may be usable, and the exterior finish on the boat
appears to be in decent shape. (Maybe a buffing and clear- coat to shine it up.)
It has no boom no sails
, no rudder
. The windows have been removed.
Overall, it is a project
but appears to be a good solid hull
, from pics and description. It needs a total gut and refinish inside and out.
I've read a lot of hype online about buccaneers. Basically I've determined they are slow and fast, ugly and pretty, terrible and great.
Sorting through it all, it seems they are slow with cheaper hardware
, but roomy for the size.
Resale value is lower due to the negatives associated with the name, but the extra room might be a selling plus for a small family
looking for some casual KY lake sailing. The shallow draft
is another plus.
The second boat
is a MacGregor
Venture 22 for $850.
This boat comes with mast
, boom, sails
, porta-pot, a decent trailer
, sink, table, some cushions
hardware, and railing intact.
I do not know the condition of standing rigging
, but the hull
needs a complete strip and refinishing. (Looks like someone did a poor job of painting over the original gel-coat.)
The inside needs cleaning
and probably a thorough gutting/rebuild.
searches did not turn up the negative hype about these boats like I found on the buccaneer. The biggest complaint was that the keel
bolt was prone to leakage.....a fixable problem assuming there is no major structural issues from misuse.
Negatives for me are that it has a deeper draft
, and an inboard CB housing, reducing cabin
Positives are that the deeper draft
is also a swing keel
, so if you hit something the keel will (or should,) give, the boat seems to have a better quality reputation, maybe a bit higher resale value, and I don't have to source new sales and boom.
22FT Bucaneer Sail Boat
22 ft Sailboat - $850
Thoughts and comments on which of these might be the better candidate for a restoration
, casual lake/bay sailing, and eventual resale, would be greatly appreciated.
isn't an issue because I can afford either one. Obviously the $450 savings on the buccaneer is money
towards the refit
, but I'm trying to weigh out the facts to see if that savings is warranted.
One plus to the buccaneer is that if it is a total flop, I could recoup the purchase price
by scrapping or parting the mast, trailer, and hardware.
Thanks in advance!