Join Date: May 2004
Location: Long Is.
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As the owner of a 1972 Allied Mistress (hull #6) I can say there is nothing to look out for -- but I would be lying. However any boat this old will have a lot of things to look out for. It is just that the Mistress was pretty well built and problems will probably be those due to things previous owners did or things common to any boat of this age. The boat has a lot of "systems"; plumbing, electrical (110v and 12v), heads, steering, etc. They all have to be checked out and probably some updated. It has balsa cored decks, so check out any penetrations.
You will have to make the usual modifications (if they have not been done already) to adapt to single-handing. The original was roller reefed, switch to slab reefing. Make sure the auto-pilot is above average. The original Hyde StreamStay jib furling seems to last forever if you keep it greased.
There is a yahoo group "alliedboatco" with a moderately active mailing list. It would be worth joining.
Lastly, as a 73 year old I can say this, don't overestimate your abilities. The Mistress is pretty easy to handle, but it takes a lot of experience to make it easy.