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Re: Islander 36
Pretty well all the issues you're bringing up are general ones that will apply to any boat built in the 70s and 80s, and certainly not exclusive to Islanders.
ALL those problems are possibilities.. the trick is being informed enough and do your due diligence to eliminate the candidates that have too many of the possible issues compared to others, taking the price into consideration too, of course.
It's easy to be tempted by the 'cheap' boat and pass on one priced 5-10K higher, but in reality the more expensive purchase may well cost you less in the long run (fewer fixes in your immediate future) Keeping a boat in good condition is infinitely easier than bringing one back to it - not easy, but much easier.
Also in that era there are other good candidates too, so maybe don't get fixated on that one model. CS, C&C, Sabre, Catalina, etc are just a few examples of equally viable choices if an I-36 would satisfy you.
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