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Old 04-03-2007
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Looks very tired. Really, this is a function of your money, your time and your skill. If this is all the boat you can afford, you won't have the money to fix it up, and you will never get your money back if you sell it. So get used to that right away. If you don't have the skill, you'll have to learn and make mistakes (takes time and money) or hire someone to do it (more time, more money). The good news is that almost anything on a good old fibreglass boat can be remedied and renewed. The bad news is that it is hardly ever worth it after a certain amount of decrepitude has set in. You'd be better off getting a newer boat or a boat that had been kept up more carefully. This usually means finding estate sale boats where one owner bought a small, well-found cruiser in the late '60s or early '70s, took great pride and care in its upkeep, and died, leaving it to non-sailing children for whom the boat was a hot, stuffy place that reeked of seasick and "when can we go home, Dad?"

There are many, many boats with this story coming available all the time as the 1965-85 generation of small boat buyers becomes too old to sail or have died. Those boats might sail very well and might be very comfortable for a couple, but to many modern eyes they appear cramped and primitive.

This is better for you, obviously. Try to visit a lot of boat clubs and marinas and see if "for sale" signs are tacked to their corkboards. You may easily find something a lot better than that in the "make me an offer" category.
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