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The above posts have somewhat contradictory information. It may be that the seller is giving you mixed messages but the answer on whether this is the right boat for you greatly depends on finding out exactly what the situation is with this particular boat.
The advertisment on Yachtworld seems to suggest that this boat had a completely new hull cold molded roughly 10 years ago. That would produce a very durable low maintenance boat. The use of western red cedar was the preferred species for cold molding since it is strong, light and rot-resistant for its weight. It takes glue well and its cell structure was easily sealed by epoxy.
The discussions above seem to suggest that the boat simply had a cold-molded veneer put over the original hull. That is a very bad idea on a lightly planked and framed boat like this one, which rarely lasts over time and which would likely screw up the sailing ability of a light small boat like this one.
There was a Triangle for sale on the Chesapeake roughly 15 years ago that needed reframing, refastening and replanking. I assume that this is that boat. Lightly built boats that needed that kind of attention were very hard to save. The reality is that the only good way to save them would be to essentially replace the hull, which from the ad it sounds like someone did in this case with a cold molded hull. But there were folks out there adding cold molded laminate over the planking and then glassing which is at best a half-hearted solution which is likely to produce mediocre results over time.
The seller should be able to tell you exactly how the boat was rebuilt, in terms of whether the hull planking and framing were replaced, or simply laminated over and with how many veneers. Without that information I would not consider this boat even at its very inexpensive pricing.
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