Topic: To save this Contessa or not?
First off, I want to simply have it in the water to functionally (but safely!) sail. Then fix up cosmetics and interior amenities after over the years to a decent quality. I have the space, time, general capabilities, and a few thousand for repairs up front.
Here is a link to pics and a video I took (apologies as the video rotates randomly, I don't know what I was doing).
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/ … sp=sharing
The seller is asking $3500 CAD ($2,536 USD), I sense I can get it for less. It comes with the cradle, a main sail, two jibs, a genoa, cushions in new condition, mast/boom, and a 6hp outboard motor that is not seized (no inboard).
From what I see and know:
-It's been sitting for year outdoors (seller started building his plane).
-The boat appears to be a later model given the self-draining cockpit, second hatch, and anchor locker.
-The hull was repainted the last time it was pulled from the water and appears solid with the exception of slight spider-webbing near the bow.
-The rudder has cracks that appear easy enough to repair.
-It is dirty with mildew in the cabin, moss on the teak (and gravel from a snowblower, haha)
-The top deck and interior appear to have paint peeling off? From what I see the gel coat generally appears fine, but I'm new to fiberglass.
-The wiring is rough. It may need rewiring in places to get running lights/radar/bilge pump working, I don't see that being the end of the world to fix.
-Uncertain of bilge condition or if any of the pumps work.
-The interior just appears dirty, slight mildew (no strong smell). Wood is structurally good but needs refinishing.
-Halyards on the mast needs replacing, other ropes were stored and in great shape.
-Mast/boom/sails appear fine.
-It was rigged to have an old school wind-operated auto-tiller (seems to be garbage).
1) With a little bit of work, is it a lost cause simply as a functional sailboat?
2) In terms of safety, should I be worried about the fiberglass on this boat?