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    Should I buy this "next project" 1977 Kona Day Cruiser, quite rough

    My friend brought this 77 Kona Day Cruiser back from the US years ago, won it on auction by accident, , and has offered it to me as he doesn't have time to restore it.

    It's a 77 Kona Day Cruiser, the pump was damaged/knocked off by a "trailer incident" and it's been sitting outside for who knows how many years, enough that weeds are growing on the floor. It was/is a Berkeley 12FJ, there is a replacement pump sitting in the bilge, the original 460 engine was put into another boat but he has another 460 for it in pieces, non marine but with the original Hardin manifolds, it's sitting on a decent trailer....asking $1,000. It's quite a project, certainly something I can do, just wondering if this should just be left to become a garden or should I buy it and save it from almost certain peril?

    I could probably find a much nicer boat that needs cosmetic and maybe minor mechanical fixes for way less than this would
    cost to restore....

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    Your thoughts?
    Cheers
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    Re: Should I buy this "next project" 1977 Kona Day Cruiser, quite rough

    Kona is a good hull but $1000 for that is a little steep. $600 would be a little more realistic. If you like it and can afford it then go for it...
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    Re: Should I buy this "next project" 1977 Kona Day Cruiser, quite rough

    1/2 of the fun in VJB's is building something to be proud of from nothing. That could be a beautiful boat! Lots of cool stuff waiting for some love. That being said I agree with Tater, $1000 is pretty steep! Negotiate hard until its worth your time and energy.
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    Re: Should I buy this "next project" 1977 Kona Day Cruiser, quite rough

    Thanks guys,

    Yes, it would be a fun project, involves wood work, mechanics, fiberglass work...lot's of fun. I am going to have another look at it this week, more thorough, lift all the crap out of it and have a good hard look at the floors and stringers if I can get to them, etc. I didn't see any hull damage from below, doesn't look like it has any "hook".

    I'll keep you posted. Let me know if you recommend any other things to check out on this.

    Cheers

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    There was a litter of dead kittens in mine when I got it home. Way up under the bow! I should have cleaned it out before I put it in the garage LOL
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    Re: Should I buy this "next project" 1977 Kona Day Cruiser, quite rough

    Curious if you ended up buying it.
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    as long as you look good doing it.

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    Re: Should I buy this "next project" 1977 Kona Day Cruiser, quite rough

    Quote Originally Posted by Kona Kandi View Post
    Curious if you ended up buying it.
    Well, not yet...there is a foot of snow on it now...it's still on my radar...maybe in the spring. It is a nice hull, just needs a T O N of work.

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