Some of the voices in my head are trying to talk me into buying this 28’, aluminum hulled, twin screw Marinette cruiser. It is an old boat (1980) and needs a great deal of work, but for the most part is seaworthy as is. The previous owner died on board of a heart attack as the boat was sinking in Lake Michigan; his family has been trying to sell it for a couple of years now. After the sinking, a salvage crew raised the boat from the drink and made repairs. Due to its history, it is less than half the asking price for either of two other comparable Marinettes that are for sale in the yards. It is still a significant amount of money for my retirement budget to digest. In addition, there is always the chance that water from the sinking caused extensive electrical and mechanic issues that have yet to appear. A half-price boat is no bargain if you spend an amount equal to its purchase price to make repairs.
It is big enough to be a nice harbor-home, with enough room to entertain a small gathering of family or friends. It is almost too large for me to single-hand out on my lone-wolf fishing expeditions; I would prefer a 24’ – 26’ boat for that.