"just put on a mooring"
Well, if you don't care about engines working, or sails
(what a waste of money
those can be), or the age of the rigging
, or how may leaks
are in the deck
...Sure, a dirt cheap
boat can be a bargain pool float.
Then again there's the couple that bought a cheap
boat a year or so ago, and lost
and the entire boat outside St. John's Pass (near Tampa) just this past winter. And if your 30-40' boat happens to sink at the mooring? You'll lose everything, but still get a bill for wreck removal
and environmental cleanup fee$.
Pretty much like knowing nothing about cars, and seeing a great deal for a $200 car in the classifieds. There's a reason they're so cheap. It is rare to find one that is structurally sound, but "just" needs sails
and an engine. Which could of course, make it a bargain if you really didn't care about those things.
Recent ads have had an Albin Nimbus in Canada
for $17k and a Swan in Maryland(?) for half of that. In each case, the boat was someone's project
boat, the interior
stripped out, no engine, no sails, pretty much bare hulls. If that's all you want...it can be your deal.