Ok Next boat....
Well…for any of you following this….My wooden custom 39' S&S deal fell though. I actually made an offer and after two days got the fuzzy answer "the buyer will consider your offer, but doesn't want to be nickeled and dimed". I was at a complete loss to where the nickel and dime thing came from, however given a couple other dubious things that happened with the broker I decided I didn't want to deal with him.
I then inquired about the raider 35 that Bubb2 kindly posted the link for. It turns out the pictures on yachtworld were way old. The broker then sent me up to date pictures and there was a water line in the cabin. It was pretty obvious that the boat previously had standing water in it for some time; long enough to stain the cabinetry and fiberglass pretty extensively. So I passed on that one.
In any case I'm on to looking at the next prospect which is a 1971 Swan 37. She looks OK from the pictures (as do most yachts). The only obvious thing I can see wrong with her is the headliner seems have come loose a bit over one quarter birth. I'm going to check her out tomorrow. I'm assuming that other than any age related issues that the surveyor will hopefully find, that a Swan's a fairly safe bet. However I've learned not to assume anything where boats are concerned. It seems I typically will get the exactly opposite answer to the same question from what appear to be similarly experienced sailors.
1) Any general comments on Swan 37s? How they sail? Durability? etc?
2) Are there any possible problem areas that I should check out when I look at her?