I checked out a Swan of similar vintage for a friend a year or so ago. The asking was $100K or close to it.
This poor boat was really a mess. The topsides gelcoat was incredibly crazed P&S, apparently almost through to the laminate. More disconcerting was the fact that the chainplate knees (visible in YW pics) had "pulled" to the point that the deck was visibly deformed (a high spot at the shrouds) with a corresponding dimple/hollow in the topsides, both sides.
To the owner's credit there was documentation and a mail chain in the ships papers, but the repairs had failed again.
This was clearly a no-go, esp at that price. It was disappointing because I was kind of stoked about checking out an old classic.
I'm sure that this was not typical of these boats, in general I'm sure they are better looked-after than this one, but it's something to watch for.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Last edited by Faster; 03-12-2010 at 07:48 PM.