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Old 09-22-2007
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Opinions - buying a 70's era boat

Hi everyone,

I'm looking to upgrade in size from a 1986 Catalina 22. Am I asking for trouble buying a boat from the 1970's? I have not actually looked at any in person yet, but have done lots of internet browsing at boats listed in my area (North East). Many boats I see that look interesting to me are from the 70's era, with good prices. I'm not afraid of a little work, but don't want to spend a fortune fixing a boat and never sailing the thing. Is 30 year old fiberglass/gelcoat too old?

In particular, I'm looking at Cape Dorys and Compacs.

Thanks for any insight.

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