Well, I went and sailed this 16 today, seemed pretty solid. I checked the date and the last 3 digits of the serial number are 80L. I guess this means it was made in december of 1980, which is a strange coincidence since I was made in december of 1980 as well
. There are no soft spots on either hull, the sails are in great shape (jib is missing a couple battens though). So I talked him down to $500 and bought it on the spot.
Then I remembered what you all said about the weight. The two of us carried it from the lake through his back yard to the trailer, so I would guess it can't be much more than 300 lbs. Hopefully I got a good deal.