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What concerns do you have when a boat has been out of the water for a long time?

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Continue to window shop and learn about hypothetical scenarios.

See listing on sailboatlisting #45198

"1977 Pearson 30. Excellent condition. This boat was dry stored for 17 years by original owner so she is far younger than her vintage.

2009 Main Sail, 2011 155% Genoa, Enginerebuilt in 2010, New fuel tank 2014, new interior 2010, Original Edson Wheel steerng, Original Diesel power."

I'm not sure about excellent condition, is it like with cars where almost no vehicles really qualify for the excellent stamp?

Seems a mid point asking price for the boat and vintage.
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Gave me good things to think about.

I like the idea of asking about the effect of laying up and hull deformation. Thanks
I think the hull deformation worry is overrated, as long as it was blocked properly. If it was stored indoors, it didn't have tons of snow piled onto it, overloading the jack stands.

Storing the boat out of the water lets the hull dry out, which is a good thing.
Yes, long periods of inactivity means that sealants and gaskets shrink and dry out. These should be inspected.

For the expense of $11,500, the boat should be surveyed. My Pearson 30 cost me $4,000 and wasn't quite as nice cosmetically, so I did not survey.

Something I noticed in the ad- The boat appears to have been re-powered with a Bukh diesel. They aren't necessarily "bad", but they aren't exactly common in the US, and parts can be expensive or difficult to find (as are some Volvo marine parts). Just something to consider. Try to get maintenance records for the engine, and find out how many hours are on it.

Bottom line: If the boat is as nice as in the photos, I think it could be a real gem. The Pearson 30 is a tough boat that sails well.
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