Re: Used equipment
For some things, if they work, they work. An old VHF radio will be able to hail a bridge tender as well as a new one. However, old stuff won't have as many features as new stuff. Old sails can be fine. You need to do a sea trial. Take an experienced sailor along to look at the shape of the sails underway (they get baggy when old). Standing rigging can be inspected for defects, however, you should plan on replacing if it hasn't been done in a few decades. Without extensive knowledge of all the systems, you are going to have to trust the survey to a larger extent.