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Re: Buying a 30-40 year old boat - your opinions

Originally Posted by Harborless View Post
The only REAL benefits of buying an old boat are these: You will learn that boat better than anything. Every nut and bolt will be known to you and all of the boats systems will be well-learned. Also, and this can go one way or the other, but usually it is cheaper to buy and own an older boat as long as you can do a lot of the work on it yourself and there is not engine/core problems.
You left out what I regard as the single most significant factor in bringing back an old boat - personal satisfaction. When you look at before & after pictures of what you have done you get a very good feeling.

Just a couple of small examples:
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File Type: jpg 81. Engine - before #2.jpg (57.0 KB, 33 views)
File Type: jpg 86a Engine - After #1.jpg (47.9 KB, 31 views)
File Type: jpg 18. Compass - before.jpg (41.8 KB, 28 views)
File Type: jpg 18A. Compass - after.jpg (48.3 KB, 27 views)

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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