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If you can bargain the owner down with a realistic estimate of what it would take to revive the boat, and if you have the skills and the will to fix it right, and if you have nice current P-39 owners willing to advise for the sake of keeping the "class" alive, go for it. But it might not be worth the effort or money.

On the other hand, it is possible to refurbish a 35-year-old boat to "better than factory" in terms of strength and systems, never mind finish. I've done that, to some extent. But my boat wasn't as far gone below the waterline as this one seems to be, so I got to relieve my renovation kinks by actually sailing between sessions of fixing.
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On the other hand, it is possible to refurbish a 35-year-old boat to "better than factory" in terms of strength and systems, never mind finish. I've done that, to some extent. But my boat wasn't as far gone below the waterline as this one seems to be, so I got to relieve my renovation kinks by actually sailing between sessions of fixing.
This is my second refurb. to better than factory... I've learned to do the critical things first so I can go sailing and then deal with the other stuff that makes sailing better. I can tell you that my 39 needed a lot less than my old 27-- but it took a lot more time and of course the value of a boat buck multiplies by 3.

In my experience though, a boat that does not need work does not exist. Even a new boat needs work to some extent... but its very difficult to afford classic lines in a new boat.

Its all about how much money you want to throw at it right away and how much work you are ready to take on.
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