Thinking of buying my first sailboat


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Hello Everyone,

I am thinking of buying a 1983 Catalina 25. I've never owned a sailboat or even been on one but I would definitely like to learn how to sail. I found this one on Craigslist for $500. The pictures of it look pretty good however it does not have a engine. I guess that's not to big of a deal I could always put a outboard on it. The owner also does not have the title for it. He said he would be able to write up a bill of sale. Should I wait and look for a better one? Or do you guys think that could possibly be a good deal? Any advice would be very much appreciated.
Be very careful buying any boat without a clear title. Do your homework with your states dept. of licensing to what is needed to get a clear title before buying. The Catalina 25 is a solid boat and fairly forgiving but the sales price indicates there may be several major issues / expenses getting the boat ready to sail. Paying for a survey / inspection with a local professional would be worth the money.