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Re: What To Take Into Account When Considering A 40+ Year Old Sailboat?
No matter how experience with boats you are it's best to get a surveyor to evaluate the boat.
I don't get the comment about keel bolts. If there is signs of corrosion it may be a concern. But it also depends on the size and number of bolts.
Obviously things which wear over time with use are
power train - engine transmission, stuffing box / dripless shaft seal and cutlass bearing
steering system - rudder, linkage rods or chain, pedestal, bearings, auto pilot and so forth
standing and running rigging including roller furling
deck hardware including ground tackle
look for signs of de-lamination, soft decks, water intrusion
upholstery, cockpit cushions, canvas items like dodgers and binimis
age and generation of electronics
electrical system, wiring and connector condition, lamping of lighting, battery condition
general GRP and gelcoat and wood cosmetics
pay attention... someone's life depends on it