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Hi...thanks very much for the insights. I wasn't aware of the kits...that is very good to know. Would you have any reservations about a PSC launched in 1979? Even if well kept it is still 30 years old, and just seems like it's begging for recurring maintenance issues (but then again what boat isnít, yeah?).
Iím just thinking if after 5 Ė 6 years you want to upgrade, it is just that much harder to find someone to take the boat off your hands. What is the lifespan of a sailboat of this model? I ask because in Hong Kong our sailing season is about 10 months, so boats are exposed to quite a bit more weather and usage (on an annual basis) than on the east coast, for example.
The distance is a big problem but not sure what else to do (Iíve been holding out for over 1 year and still canít get my hands on one). I'll definitely organize a couple visits in each go. I'm a little fortunate in that my work takes me to Australia and California where some of the boats are located, so that helps...but still major hassle (note: you donít really appreciate the sailing community in US until you live outside it for any length of time). Also, my parents are based on the east coast, so my dad, who knows quite a bit about sailboats, can make spot visits around his area if need be.
Anyhow, I sincerely appreciate the comments and Iím really happy there is a good community on Sailnet. It is a great site!