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Re: Need help buying a good used sailboat/live-aboard

Originally Posted by DRTSR View Post
My concern is age some say not more than 10 yrs old. What are your thoughts?
Well the hull will be fine older than 10 years, they last almost forever. Interior can be destroyed in a few years with a careless owner. Condition over age! A well maintained boat that is 40 years old is a much better buy than a poorly maintained 5 year old boat. Especially in Florida as the sun takes it's toll quickly down there. Boats are not like cars, the systems generally are made to last much longer. That one of the reasons so many manufacturers go out of business, as they are competing not only with each other, but with almost every boat ever made. How many would put a motor in a car that cost the total value of the car? People do that with boats, ok perhaps a bit of an exaggeration for sailboats but boats can be maintained to last for a very long time. I do know power boaters that re-power with motors that cost twice the value of the boat, because they know the boat will last a long time, and it will make it more enjoyable for them.
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