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Advice on buying a Roberts 36

We are looking at buying a Roberts 36 centre cockpit launched 1983 as a long distance family cruiser. She was last antifouled in 2001 when some osmosis was noted. Any advice or comments are welcome to assist us in our decision. Many thanks.
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Advice on buying a Roberts 36

Lots of Bruce Roberts designs are home-built. Who built this one? Has anyone ever heard of him? How good a builder is he? Osmosis indicates fiberglass construction. How good is it? (Tabbing, layup schedule, resin/cloth ratio, etc. ) A center-cockpit design that short may be topheavy, with poor motion at sea. Is that the case here? A center cockpit means the boom is high up to clear peole''s heads. Does this reduce the sail area so she needs 30 knots of wind to move at all? Does her superrstructure meke her hard (or dangerous) to handle in that much breeze?) How is she rigged? Who made the spars? If she was built as a long-distance family cruiser in 1983, has she been out doing tthat (ii.e is she actually well-suited for that?) or has she been sitting in a slip because she''s not really well-suited for itt? Also, why is she waiting 3 years between antifoulings? Has she been properly taken care of? Lots of questions in response to yours - hope the answers are the right ones for you.
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