islander 30 vs Sabre 30
Tartan 30''s may be quite a bit older, since they''ve been made for quite a while. It comes down to what you like and what you''re willing to pay for. Do you like the Rolls-Royce with the dented door better than the C mint condition Oldsmobile? Then work the cost of fixing the door into your offer, and be happy. Do you like the Olds, and don''t want to be fixing up something (like a door) right off the bat? Then go that way. Once a problem like a spongy deck has been fixed properly, it should stay fixed unless you do something like drilling new holes to move a genoa track) to make it happen again. In either case, get the best surveyor you can find (for either or both boats) and try to be there for the survey so as to learn as much as possible. (A surveyor can tell you things in person that he simply doesn''t have the time to write up in his report.) The Islander may be in such good condition that it blows the Sabre away -- or vice versa. Good luck!