All running and standing gear is in excellent condition.
New hardware on main and mizzen (bronze clips, etc)
Sails are great, esp. the jib and mizzen; main sail is a bit faded - though strong. (have sail bags for all three).
No hull cracks or structure issues
The spars (bowsprit, bumpkin, main mast mizzen mast, and yard) varnished and tight - no rot at all. Bowsprit newly varnished, but only three coats – should have 6-7.
Anchor road and chain great (Danforth 15lbs)
Floor boards good and strong
Centerboard and its rig work perfectly
Oars are varnished bright and leathered with marlin "collars"
All teak recently lightly sanded and cleaned (not oiled or varnished yet - father likes raw teak).
Boat is in excellent operating condition in terms of gear, sailing, etc. Really all is in perfect running condition, but not cosmetic, thus the low reserve price.
Cons - She needs some cosmetic attention since my father did not get that far:
Gel coat is a 5.5 out of 10 - really needs a paint job if you are fussy - so to speak
Some crazing in cockpit, mizzen bumpkin slot cracked (but still works fine) -(see pix)
Gunnels trim at bow needs some cosmetics -- (see pix)
Transom cross board (where main sheet traveler is attached), has a piece that must have split this piece off. Right now I backed up the crack with marine ply and epoxy, but it needs to be sanded and made nice, or make a whole new transom board using old as template. New holes are there for traveler and all works fine (see pix), BUT I would make new holes through gunnels drilled horizontally so this weak point is fixed.
The jib sheet fairlead and the jib sheets cam cleats need to be refastened and re-bedded. As they are now they are loose. They do work fine, but soon they will come off I think.
The Interior I don't think warrants painting (would be great if it was painted of course) as the color and issues there are less of an issue.
She sails perfectly. I sailed her in the summer and beat my father in his longboat constantly due to the Dabbers ability to get up and move fast (react) in light changes of wind.
Trailering and launching is much easier than the Lugger or Longboat. This goes for beaching and gunk holing. This boat feels large and stable, but it is almost 1/2 the weight of the Lugger and spreads more sail per unit mass than the Lugger or Longboat. This translates to reactive behavior and fast acceleration - but stable enough to walk all around her with confidence (am I am 230lbs). Great in the lightest breeze too and easy reef in higher winds by just dripping the mainsail. One of the best things is this is a great boat to just motor around in or fish from. The heavy walled hull means you and relax a bit about grounding (I run the motor with about 6 inches of centerboard down as a feeler and so she tracks better, esp. in higher winds). A 6 hp 2 stroke fits very well in this boat and moves her to hull speed with less than 1/2 throttle -- sipping gas for weeks on a 5 gallon tank. Boat is very seaworthy and dry in larger stuff.
There you have it - strong great boat that needs some makeup if you are looking to make her look new - needs nothing else if you are not concerned and just want get out and sail. A paint job with 2 part epoxy and fairing filler primer will make her look years younger.
I have a trailer, but don't really want to sell it. It's in good shape. If you really need one I will sell for $600.
No motor comes with this boat
Can deliver cheap between mid Maine and North Carolina (within reason)- I'm limiting this to about 45 mins inland from the coast roads such as Route 95.
Boat currently in south eastern CT.
Feel free to ask any questions. This is a great boat in all conditions for single handed sailing or a family of up to 6 people, she will take care of you.