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First boat blues - need help!!!
The Ericson 35''s were a good boat in their day. I spent several seasons racing on one back in the late 1970''s and early 1980''s. They pushed the envelope for their day in terms of light weight construction and low wetted surface. By the late 1970''s they were a hard boat to race competitively.
Older boats are always a hard call. On one hand they typically offer a lot of boat for the money in terms of length. The upfront cost is often quite low. In a general sense, maintenance and upgrades are generally more than for a new boat but if you find a well maintained and upgraded older boat that is not always true either. Older boats have generally depreciated as far as they are going to go so that if you maintain the boat in the condition that youy bought her then you should be able to sell her for around the same price you paid for her. On the other hand the resale price is always going to be limited so that if you get into a major refit it is very easy to end up spending far more than the boat will ever be worth.
As I have noted here before with any boat this age you can expect to find some ''issues''. Unless very well maintained and updated by a previous owner, you might expect to need to address some combination of the following items:
· Sails, chainplates, mast step and associated suporting structure, standing and running rigging that are beyond their useful lifespan,
· an engine that is in need of rebuild or replacement,
· worn out or out of date deck, galley, and head hardware,
· worn out upholstery,
· Out of date safety gear
· electronics that are non operational, or in need of updating,
· electrical and plumbing systems that need repairs, upgrades to modern standards or replacement.
· Blister, fatigue, rudder, hull deck joint or deck coring problems
· Keel bolt replacement (bolt on keel) or delamination of the hull from the ballast for a glassed in keel.
· And perhaps a whole range of aesthetic issues.
If these issues are not present on the boat in question, and there is a fair asking price, (somewhere in the mid to low $20K or less range) then this should be a very nice boat for the Bay.
BTW: Rookie00, Are you Tim?