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Re: 1973 Grampian 26' -- Opinions & Questions
As for the survey it would be more for piece of mind than financial reasons. Picture yourself sailing with your family and friends 2 months from now when the weather turns bad. You'll feel better at that moment if you had the boat and rig surveyed. That's the biggest reason in my mind for a boat at this price point.
I hear that. We're on Lake Champlain and never very far from a marina or protected shoreline if weather suddenly turns bad. Of course, that doesn't mean that a failure of something couldn't occur on a beautiful sunny day, but even then I've never been too worried on the lake. I've towed and been towed on a few occasions without much problem.
However, having the rig at least once-overed by someone with more large-boat sailing experience than me would be a good idea. If not before purchase, then before any significant sailing.