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post #6 of Old 05-11-2011
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Red face Foundations, Gingerbread, and etc

After 30+ years (give or take..) you are purchasing a combination of (A) initial build quality and (B) continuous upgrades and preventative maintenance.

If "A" is too low, it's hard for "B" to compensate for it... kinda like gold plating a t_rd.

Many boats will be, on your best day shopping, about a 50-50 split between A and B.

An old ODay was originally never equal to a Tartan, CS, Ericson, or similar, but it was above some other low end hulls. It's price reflected that, then and likely now, too.

The advice on this site about how to assess a used boat will serve you well.
Before you release your earnest money, though, always get a survey. A good survey will introduce you to many facets of boat ownership -- some familiar to you and some new or unexpected.

Fair Winds,
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