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post #20 of Old 02-10-2009
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Wise decision in passing up on an old IOR warhorse. In the day, they used to call them “broach coaches” and worse for obvious reasons. One cautionary note. Used boat prices are a pretty efficient market place which is to say boats on the lower end of the scale all have condition issues of one stripe or another. There is no free lunch. And you are pretty much bottom fishing with your low price point. Expect to spend a lot of additional money in the first couple of years of ownership. Replacing rigging, sails or an engine could easily far outstrip your original purchase price and the standard electrical system of thirty years ago is woefully under powered for today’s cruiser. I’m not saying “don’t do it” (I’ve certainly did, several times over) Just be realistic. The boat will be more expensive and your cruising will be more primitive than you may have in your mind’s eye right now.
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