To be honest I never thought the Malo was suitable for this thread but I could not resist the opportunity ..
As per other thread, some kind of swim/boarding platform will be an essential addition. I have already spoken with Malo, they said it would be too expensive to send from Sweden but will give any assistance to have made in Australia. As I intend to retain the Hydrovane I'm thinking either a half platform or perhaps two half platforms that will fold up though have a quick release reachable from the water. Also need a boarding ladder.
A walk through transom has obvious benefits and for me is a nice feature but this is not the boat for that. Such it is.
Not for this thread? why not? I assure you that the reason is only the one I have said. Not any recent model
.The last was the 37 and I like it a lot, specially the more expensive classic version. Definitively a very interesting sailboat.
From the three Nordic classic cruisers: Najad, Malo and Halberh-Rassy the Malo is the one I prefer, with the exception of the HR 372 (I really hope HR continue to make boats along those principles).
Regarding the windvane, listen what the previous owner said to you: He was not using it and it seems the guy had done some passages. Most people are not using them anymore. Modern autopilots are very good don't waste much energy and work better. I am saying this only because I don't think you can have a decent boarding platform on that transom maintaining the wind-vane.
I think a fixed strong platform will be better and it can have an integrated boarding ladder like the one in the Malo. If well made can serve two purposes: from the water to the boat or when up, to facilitate boarding and going up.
To prevent resistance on the water on big waves the boarding platform can be a stainless steel tube structure filled with a a large teak grid. That way the resistance would be a a lot lesser as the pressure on the attachment points in the transom. That is the thing you should see with Malo because the force made there will be considerable when the boat passes big waves. That's why the ones made by Malo are small (look at the photos
Regarding the Malo 37, better late then never:
The boats weights 8.1 ton was a Ballast of 2,7 ton, a Length overall of 11.80 m (classic version) a LWL 9.90 and 106 m2 of sail.
It is an heavy boat but its big stability permits it to carry with ease 67m2 of sail . It will not be a fast boat but will have a decent sail performance. It is a true bluewater boat with a small inverted stability and lot's of reserve stability and a big tankage. That's a perfect boat for the ones that don't want a big boat but want a relatively fast and comfortable bluewater boat with a long range capacity...and have the money for it
Really is not that much, it is a bit less expensive than the HR or the Najad, has the same quality and is faster (except the HR 372).
Some more information:
Blue Water Sailing
Malo 37 - Sailing Today
Sail Buyers Guide: MalĂ¶ Yachts (Boats)
YouTube - Vaartest Zeilen magazine Malo 37