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And some of that build quality translates through the years to longeveity of the boat, but when buying a 20-30 year old boat it all depends on how the boat was taken care of. The CS I looked at certainly did not look like yours under the sole. It was a wreck. As many have posted on here before you need to get a good surveyor...and a thorough survey.
Exactly why I said... (see quote below
) I would always try and buy the best maintained boat you can find regardless of construction details unless those details were big detractors.
All that being said the C&C is a great high quality boat, as is the Merlin, so I would base any assessment on current condition & maintenance.
We are currently undergoing the same analysis as we are looking for our final boat as retirement is comming in 5 years and we want to cruise to the Bahamas regularly. Speed is no longer the driving force it was 15 years ago, but I dont want a total barge either. We have narrowed our short list down to late 80s early 90s 45.5 Baltic, 44 Hylas, Tayana 42 and 43 Hans Christian Christina. We have looked at some already, but are looking for one which is in as good a condition as the C&C we bought 15 years ago.
That is really the deternmining factor, once you narrow it down to 3 or 4 designs.
I really like the Baltics.
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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Last edited by Maine Sail; 04-03-2010 at 12:49 PM.