I wouldn't do it. Get a used Hyside, NRS, or Aire for closer to $600 and have it for life. A privately owned, lightly used Star - maybe offer $250. I bought a Trib Tomcat used last summer for $250 and I consider it to be a much nicer boat than the Star.
Can you wait until Fall? You'll get the best deal then. Maybe you can rent a couple different models in the meantime and see what you like. I would stick to welded plastic or glued Hypalon though.
Obviously these people have never used a star IK. I have two of the sl200's. They have served me well for over ten years. They get a lot of use each year and they are still going strong. They are very stable and handle class fours just fine. I have used them for many a multi day trip. They handle pretty good packed down and drain fast when the waves wash over you. It is also stable when it is full of water. If the boat you are looking at is in good shape, it should work great. I paid a lot more than $400 for mine, but it was worth it. Sure an Aire or Hyside might be a little lighter, but my Star SL200's are still going strong 10-11 years latter.
I have owned a Star SL100 for 8 years and it is a good boat and I have had zero issues with it. I bought mine as a new trade show demo from Star for $550 and I thought that was a very good deal. I have also owned an NRS Maverik single and double and a Hyside tandem, etc and even though the Star is a PVC boat, it is well made with a super heavy denier floor. My wife loves it as it is super stable.
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