Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Beacon Falls CT USA
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Clearly age is only one factor among many to consider in purchasing a boat. I suggest you not look at the question as 'how old is too old', but rather, what are my immovable criteria, e.g. price, features, condition, etc., and then let the question of age help to narrow your options. It's a buyers' market out there right now, so you may be surprized at just how far your $s will go.
And for what it's worth, a well built boat of the early 70's, when oil and fiberglass were cheap and laid on thick, is a far better deal than a boat of similar condition and specs as one made in the 80's in most cases, due to the thinning down of materials used in maufacturing - a result of the oil 'crisis' of that period.