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Old 06-17-2013
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Re: Viewing a Bristol 32 tonight... Questions

For you first inspection, additional to information above, and before you get a surveyor:
  • Look inside lockers for signs of water leaks.
  • Check hull to deck joint and if you see bolts they should not be rusted, otherwise you are looking at an expensive repair.
  • As you walk on deck pay attention to how solid it is or isnít.
  • Donít pay attention to electronics.
  • Check the sails - are they soft, can you poke your finger thru it? Or are they hard and heavy.
  • Ask how old the rigging is.
  • Check the rudder and the shaft for play Ė there should be none.

Now if still interested get the survey, you will want to negotiate the expenses for any repair from the asking price

Good luck.
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