Hi caberg, Grampians are known as very solid, seaworthy boats. Not fancy, but well built comfortable cruisers. I own a Grampian 34 (www.elysian.ca
), but have sailed Gramp 26s.
The other nice thing about all Grampian models are their relative size down below. They tend to be roomy, with more head room than most boats in their class (ex: my 34 has 7-feet of headroom!). And as an added plus, they're good sailors -- decently fast.
There's nothing specific that I can think of to look for, but here's a quick list of things to examine on all used boats (and probably new ones too):
- deck core problems; any older boat with cored decks (and most have cores) can develop problems with water intrusion. Sound around all deck fittings, and look below for any signs of water intrusion.
- examine the mast step for any signs of compression.
- check for water intrusion around ports. If the ports have not been upgraded, they will likely be leaking.
- standing rigging should be examined. Find out how old it is.
- look for signs of leakage through the hull-deck joint.
- look in the bilge, and examine the keel bolts.
- look at the keel/hull joint.
- rotate the rudder out of the water and look for any play in the shaft.