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Need info on 1980 Cooper Maple Leaf 54
I am thinking about purchasing a 1980 Maple Leaf 54 foot sloop (all specs say these boats were cutter rigged, but on the ground this particular boat is sloop rigged). I think I have a price in mind, but would value any input on that front. Obviously I need to have it surveyed, but the hull seems in good shape, the engine is probably fine, but the boat needs a thorough cleaning and a lot of cosmetic work. Also, the former owner did a lot of rewiring on his own, so the electrical system is suspect.
Some questions to throw out to you all:
General thoughts about the boat, sailing characteristics, problems to look for, etc?
Did this boat have the same rudder problems as it's smaller sisters?
Any thoughts on adding an in-boom furling system? or rerigging it as a cutter?
Any info that might help me decide whether to purchase this boat?
I've looked at new, and frankly the Maple Leaf offers space, layout and seemingly solid design and construction that few new boats in it's size and class offer, and at a fraction of the cost.
So . . .