Hello, I am late to the party but having noticed this threat started by Tom, I want to add my own comments because I am the owner of candidate # 2. This is especially in view of the comments by Craig and Hoddinr. No offence taken. Anyways, I bought (well, my wife bought the Mariner as a Christmas present) several years ago from the local Com-Pac dealer in St. Petersburg, FL and I put "Puffin" into a slip at the St. Pete municipal marina.
Being from NH and still working at that time, Puffin got very little use. She slept in her slip most of the time. At some point in time, I noticed that the CB was sticking and eventually it was stuck. I had the boat hauled and it was determined that the board was stuck in the trunk and that it was heavily corroded. I bought a new one from the mother yard and had it installed, professionally. That took care of that issue.
Eventually, I decided to move the boat to Orange Beach, Alabama. I do not have a trailer, so I paid a boat yard to move her for me. For all sorts of reasons, I figured I would have more of a chance to use Puffin there, then in St. Pete. I do own the boat slip here and had a sailboat lift installed in it to keep Puffin out of the water. Unfortunately, the use factor did not increase by much and Puffin slept in her cradle most of the time. So, basically, we sailed Puffin 8-10 times every year and for about 9 months she sat unused.
The in-board diesel is not a Westerbeke! They were not being installed until later production years. This is the original 9 HP one-banger. Cannot think of the brand name. That motor runs strong. Having sat unused again for close to 10 months, it started right-up when I tried a couple of days ago. For a change, I am here in AL.
OK, now to the neglect and abuse part. Abused? Never! Neglected? Yes. Simply for the reason that I was and continue to be far away most of the time. However, I bought a new sail from Doyle, I bought new cockpit cushions from the mother yard and I do have all sorts of new electronics, in boxes, waiting to be installed. Such as wheelpilot, VHF radio and remote mic, wind instrument, etc.
Now, for the "flooding" part. You would think with the boat in a lift and out of the water, there would be very little water entering the bilge. Well, IF the bilge pump had not conked out and with nobody noticeing for several months, water collected in the bilge and eventually rose to the level of the floorboards. Those being plywood, it did not take much to swell.
At that time, a year ago or so, I replaced the bilge pump, removed all the water still left in the bilge, dried out the bilge, cleaned it all up and, as a back-up to being hooked into shore power, I added a solar panel trickle charger.
I was then gone again for 6 months or so and while I was away, Puffin rested in her cradle. When I came back 3 weeks ago, the boat was almost bone dry and the motor started right-up.
Anyway, Puffin has had and very likely will continue to have very little use because I am retired and my wife and I travel full-time in our RV. So I got to thinking about what to do.
The Horizon is a great little boat and lots of fun on the water. She deserves better. This got me to thinking about selling her and that is when Tom and I eventually connected.
To end this long story, she is still for sale. Yet, with hesitation. If we do not find a buyer who would by her here in Orange Beach, AL, and brings his or her own trailer to move her, we are now strongly considering moving her back to FL. Puffin will still not be used very much but since we will be close to her for 3-4 months every year, we would be using her a lot more often.
Anyway, apologies for the long story. I simply wanted "to fill in the gaps".
Tom, if you are still out looking, perhaps, we can pick it up where we left it a couple of months ago.