re: New owner of an old boat
There isn't a boat out there that isn't loved by some and hated by others and both sides have very good reasons. Does she float? Are you sailing? Does she heel (tip) too much for you? You're good. If she's made it this far, she must be OK. I sail a Lancer 25. I think this is also unpopular. But, except for not pointing very well, I think she's a fine lady. We can do 7 knots in the right wind, sail fora week at at time and take 6'-0 seas. I'm good.
So, treat her like your sweetheart. If somebody speaks ill of her, defend her honor and kick their asymmetrical. We'll understand. But really, get to know her, her moods, her weaknesses, her strengths. Buff her hull and paint her bottom. Some new lines from the bargain bin at the chandlery. Treat her like a lady and she'll clean up real nice, like Eliza Doolittle.