To comment on the age issue, 9 years is a big deal, but honestly, it doesn't matter. Why?
The difference between a 24 year old boat and a 33 year old boat really is in how it was maintained. Fiberglass
doesn't have a known "terminal lifespan" if it's well cared for. The shrouds and rigging
will have been replaced on a boat that age (if the owner was a serious sailor that is)... the question is "what did they replace it with and when?"
surely won't be factory. What are they and how old are they? How the boat has been maintained? How often was the bottom painted?
I'm only scratching the surface. Evaluating a boat from a distance is a wild guess.
I've heard it said that any boat beyond 9 years old really should be treated basically the same as one that's 30 years old, in terms of questioning the maintenance
schedule and competency of upgrades.
It's not like a car and it's not like a house, so don't try to use common knowledge in those areas for boats.
In my shopping
around, I saw a 1995 boat that was horrible and I wouldn't pay a cent for because it was falling apart, blistering and the shrouds were visibly frayed.
I also saw a 1971 that was in amazing shape, great hull
, upgraded systems and brand new rigging
Even a boat that was just used might be just fine. If someone replaced all the rigging and had the bottom painted 6 months ago, and "just returned, ready to go out again", it's different than "cruised for 10 years with no budget
until things were basically falling apart and just returned, it's your problem now."
Those two ads will read exactly the same, but will be very different boats. :-)
It's all about the owner.