Shoe string, show string.
JeffH always gives a thoughtful answer.
I have a Tartan 27' from 1967 that is a similar design: center board, A4, well cared for. When we bought her we did have it surveyed. If I knew then what I know now I would have inspected the chain plates, center board pennant and center board. These are just some of the items that can require fixing on boats of this vintage.
I like the look of the older Pearsons and Tartans too. I am a sucker for the 'shippy' look they have. You won't regret buying this old classic plastic sailor. The good news is JeffH did not have any negative comments on the Pearson Wanderer and he is not shy about sharing negative comments if he has one to make.
Go for it.
My boat lives on a shoe string budget too. That just means I have learned to do as much of the maintenance as possible myself. The A4 is pretty easy to work on if it has reasonable access.
Enjoy and good luck.
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