Originally Posted by Grunfeld
What I take away so far is that the consensus is:
70s boats can still be solid choices if well maintained.
Be prepared for significant maintenance
My budget should be increased (for maintenance, or newer boat, or both)
Other food for thought.
look for mid 80s boats for better systems
Survey is important but personal inspection is just as vital
I would also add to the list that an older boat with FEWER systems that work well, is better than the same boat that is loaded up with obsolete or non-functional equipment. Examples are CRT Radar, Loran, Water Maker, Electric Windlasses, Refrigeration.
I saw a lot of boats with broken autopilots, wind generators, non-functional wind instruments, gaping holes cut in a locker to mount the Radar CRT, yet the owners asked for top dollar.