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baylonaj posted 04-26-2008 07:10 AM ET (US)   Profile for baylonaj   Send Email to baylonaj  
A friend offered me his early 70's Sakonnet that has been collecting dust and spiderwebs in his hay barn for the last five years. He bought it and never used it once. It has the mahagony center console, blue interior, 70 Johnson, galvanized trailer... The rub rail is worn, but otherwise the boat looks well kept. He offered it to me for $2500 as is. There is not much info on the Sakonnet and it is pretty old. Is this a good deal?


superdave_gv posted 04-26-2008 08:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for superdave_gv  Send Email to superdave_gv     

Depending on condition, that could be a fair deal to a good deal, with some risk of being a very costly restoration (bad deal).

Those boats require a lot of maintenance on the wood that some people aren't up for. Replacement consoles alone (built and finished from scratch) cost that much online. But if the wood is in good shape to enjoy the boat (i.e. it's stable and not rotted out around the base which is common) then you are probably in good shape. When those consoles need to be replaced, most people opt for a conversion to a mostly no maintenance console.

From there, it's the usual hull / motor / trailer analysis. I would hope at that price that the motor runs well after a detailed checkup. But if you get the boat, you will probably be spending $500-$1000 before you know it on batteries, trailer wheels, wiring, boat accessories, motor checkup, etc.

Most of the older 60s/70s era 16/17s go from $1,500 to $4,500 unless there is recent power and it's in hard to find condition. There is still a market for restored Sakonnet/Eastport/Nauset models with all the wood that people will pay a premium for ($6k-$10k). But most people willing to pay that $ amount would prefer a smirked hull and less than 15 year old power.

baylonaj posted 04-26-2008 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for baylonaj  Send Email to baylonaj     
Thanks for your detailed reply. The idea of another project is discouraging, but I'll go and take a closer look at the things you mentioned before I lay down any dinero.

Thanks again

Drew from Michigan

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