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For me, this goes without saying. This thread is part of my due diligence, to determine which boats I want to look at. As I indicated in the OP, I was struck by what I perceived to be a discrepancy in the cited review. It wasn't a "story". It was a review written by someone who knows much more about boats than I do. I posted with the hope that those who actually know the boat might clear that up for me. As usual, several have.
Consider that the NEWEST one is 25 years old and they can be up to 40 with, I suspect, the majority being well over 30 years old. Given that fact, how badly could they have been built?
How many other products from the early to mid 70's do you own or even see around? Houses and collector cars are about it (I do
still have my Marantz & Altec Lansing stereo
Actually, I recently traded in a top loading clothes washer because I wanted the newer, more efficient, front loading/stackable type. As Sears hauled the old machine away, it dawned on me that it was well over 30 years old and was still running strong. It was used several times weekly (Unlike most boats, BTW). I guarantee the new units won't be running in 30 years (I've already had service issues)! I have an old Pioneer stereo with tubes that works perfectly, and IMO sounds better than most units currently on the market. I don't use it anymore because technology has evolved (some would say - devolved!) so much (no USB ports on the receiver, can't get LP's for the turntable, etc.!) Not so for sailing (unless you are racing seriously, in which case, you wouldn't be looking for old boats.)
Old GRP boats are incredibly long lived. A large number of tall tales and old wives tales about the "quality" or lack thereof of the build from back in the day have survived until now. AFAIAC they have been proven meaningless by the continued survival of these GOB's.
Any boat over 20 years old will need regular maintenance. As indicated in the review, some "survive" with less attention than others. I doubt the weak tabbing at the bulkheads (cited in the review) is a "wives tale". While it probably wasn't an issue for the first 20 years of the boats life, it certainly would be now. I have a 40 year old Yankee, and the bulkheads or blisters have never been an issue. All boats are not created equal. 40 year old Westsail or Hunter? Price and intended use not withstanding, you choose! I know about Westsails (which have known issues as well) and Hunters. I'm not familiar with Islanders.
Check out the one you are interested in like any other boat you might consider and forget about the stories - most of THEM
are 30 to 40 years old as well.
Last edited by L124C; 01-07-2012 at 03:51 AM.