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M, the Cumulus was a more racing-oriented replacement for the Vega, both built by Albin Marine in Sweden back in the 70''s and early 80''s (and before they moved manufacturing over to Taiwan, and then slowly died away). My impression is that the Cumulus never enjoyed much of a following (unlike the Vega and Ballad), but I would expect its design to be well engineered and construction to be excellent. Of course, any boat of its age has long since become a somewhat different boat than it was when first built, as systems get upgraded, replaced and and owner ''improvements'' begin to reshape the personality of the boat.
If your friend is concerned about his new boat''s value being retained to the extent that''s possible, I''m not sure many folks these days recognize the quality of an Albin boat and he would be owning one of the many ''orphan'' brands that are on the market now. In that sense, it may not be one of his better choices.