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post #4 of Old 07-11-2002
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How''''s this boat sound for the money???

One more opinion.
It sounds like too much boat for the money. Wooden boats - even when fiberglassed are subject to rot, the various members work and fastners loosen.etc etc. Fiberglass has been known to peel off of wooden hulls under stress. Be especially aware that leaks from the deck are often long term more of a problem then leks from below. Fresh water causes dry rot. It is not easy to fix - to put it mildly. And all boats have some issues with deck leaks.
As a livaboard at a marina you are probably fine - view it as a cheap condo but offshore ...if you are mighty handy you might safely sail offshore in a couple of years. Of course you could build a new one in that time. Sympathize with the need to go cheap - am also looking, but not quite in that range or size. Certainly there are some very old wooden boats - even without fiberglass sailing - and sailing safely, but they are a lot of work.
PS a couple, even with dogs doesn''t need that much space. Living on a boat is a lesson in simplifying and reducing.
Good luck Todd
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