Seems every time we almost find that right first boat, new questions/concerns arise. There actually 3 boats in our sights...1975 Northern 29, 1981 Mirage 27, both of these have atomic 4 gas with sail drive. The third is a 1979 Mariner 28 with a Yannmar Diesel. The Northern and Mirage are completely equipped the way we had hoped for and are around the same price range....7k. The Mariner needs a few items we had hoped for, but has the diesel engine and looks great and I know I can get it for 5k.
My main concern is the Atomic 4 gas with sail drive. Both owners have regularly maintained their engines?
Can you comment please, I look forward to your advice.