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post #7 of Old 10-12-2006
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Well, to me "spritely" means it has to have good sails. If you can still feel & see the plastic coating on them, they're probably in good shape. If it is gone...they are probably already losing shape and that' like losing one or two cylinders on an engine. Most used boats will have varying degrees of older sails, so take a look at what's on board (you don't need a racing inventory of ten sails but you should consider what you'll want or need) and reserve some budget for sails, it is likely that you'll want a new set (main, genoa, job) after the first season of seeing what the boat can do, and letting the wife & daughters flog the old sails as they learn how to handle them. (Or, perhaps sooner.) Could be a $5000 item on your budget.
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