It sounds like you're considering a Beneteau
First 32S5. A quick search indicates that the asking price
You're going to be bidding against the racer/cruiser crowd, so I'd doubt if it would go real cheap
Rather than checking labour rates it's probably more instructive to cost what you can see (engine, rigging
, sail, services) and then use the tip of the iceberg method to approximate the total cost.
I'm guessing $20k+ for the items listed, so at least three times that to bring the boat to cruising condition.
So you're looking at $100k, and the boat's still going to be 20 years old.
Don't forget that leaving Florida you have to cross the Gulf stream
which will test every system on the boat.
Have you considered buying
an ex charter
boat. I found a 2005 Beneteau 323 listed with the Moorings Brokerage for around $75,00. I've read reports that following a survey
all major items were fixed and or factored into the price
Bottom line could be that for about the same cost as a 20 year old boat you get a 4 year old boat. Please think about it. Maybe even fly down and have a look.
Unless you want to spend over a year fixing up a boat, only to get it shredded as soon as you leave port.