I am in the process of buying a Farr 727 that was built in 2003.
From what I've been told, the Farr 727 Association over here in Western Australia sold their molds to the guy I am buying the boat from. He had the hull/deck etc laid up by a guy who used to build Cole 32's. He then gave the molds away but believes that they have now been destroyed.
Apparently, the owner never got around to finishing the boat and has only sailed it a few times. It doesn't have any plumbing/electrics/cabinet work so will need to be finished off by yours truly. It does however have new standing/running rigging
, a new main and #3 jib
, and a new 5hp outboard.
I have looked over every inch of the boat and have had two people inspect it. One person said it needs too much work, and the other said it looks great, but I should remove all of the antifoul as it's too thick and 'paint hides a lot'.
The faults I've found are the cockpit sole seems to flex a bit, the fordeck to the port and starboard of the mast also flex a bit, and the gelcoat finish on the hull is rough. If I buy the boat I'll glass in stringers beneath the flexing bits but I don't know what to do with the gelcoat. The current owner says the finish is a direct result of the poor state of the mold when he built the boat.
I really like the look of this boat but don't want to get bitten in the A##!.
I would really appreciate any feedback on what faults to look for with this boat, particularly what could be hiding beneath the gelcoat (is 4 years long enough for osmosis?).
Also, I am getting this boat for $12,500.00 Aus.