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View Poll Results: How old is your boat
1-10 years 15 7.11%
10-20 years 17 8.06%
20-30 years 40 18.96%
30-40 years 91 43.13%
40+ years 48 22.75%
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Old 24-03-2015, 17:45   #31
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Re: How Old's Your Ride?

I totally agree with you about older boats. They can be a great bargain. But you do need to know what you are looking at. You can't see keel bolts, and rusted keel bolts can be a death sentence for an old boat.
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Old 24-03-2015, 17:47   #32
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We have a 1969 Tartan 34c. The year of manufacture is only an identifier. The important part is how well she has been maintained and upgraded. We are about 75% done with the restoration. All I need is more time and money!
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Old 24-03-2015, 17:48   #33
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Our liveaboard home was built in August '94 in Clearwater Florida and we purchased her new in Feb '95 in rainy Seattle.

The car was built in '93 in wonderful Sweden and rebuilt from the ground up in 2013 in even more wonderful San Diego.

I am confident they will both be serving us well in another decade.
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Old 24-03-2015, 18:18   #34
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I totally agree with you about older boats. They can be a great bargain. But you do need to know what you are looking at. You can't see keel bolts, and rusted keel bolts can be a death sentence for an old boat.
Yeah, but many of the older boats don't have keel bolts!

My boat is a 1974 and has no keel bolts.

http://bluewaterboats.org/bristol-27/
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Old 24-03-2015, 18:53   #35
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OK, I'll bite ; What's a "Keel Boalt"?

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Old 24-03-2015, 18:59   #36
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1977 Cal Mark III 34. Animal House
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Old 24-03-2015, 19:01   #37
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54 (1961). Built well, and as important, cared for over the years.

And as my Wife is younger than the boat perhaps does she does not get as jealous???

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Old 24-03-2015, 19:01   #38
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so far the poll results explains a lot about how some topics on CF go
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Old 24-03-2015, 19:06   #39
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Mine was launched 10 years before the Titanic, but she's been pretty well maintained.

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Old 24-03-2015, 19:11   #40
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1962 Creekmore 36. Built by Ray Creekmore in Miami before they knew just how strong fiberglass was. The hull along the gunwales is 5/8" thick and thicker as it goes down to the keel. Perkins 4-108 cranks right up and runs like a top. I did add a diesel generator, a/c, chartplotter, roller furling, lazy jack, bimini, standing rigging, windlass and new North sails. Don't ask me how much I've got in a boat worth maybe 30k tops, but we love her and she's not for sale.
She survived Camille and Katrina and hopefully will never have to ride out another one.
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Old 24-03-2015, 19:18   #41
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Ericson 32-2 1973. No keel bolts⛵️


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Old 24-03-2015, 19:34   #42
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A sprightly 37 years (1978 Rafiki 35) after a new engine and rigging this year.
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Old 24-03-2015, 19:47   #44
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Re: How Old's Your Ride?

Tom,

Thanks so much for your great explanation.

Your "suspicions" are correct. I find that the respondents here take very good care of their boats and share great information. There are a number of other websites that do as well.

"What's the BEST boat..for????" questions get me, too. OTOH, I applaude the skippers who repeat the same stuff, over & over again. I prefer "links" rather than knarling my fingers.

Age doesn't matter.

Just ask any of us old geezers.


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First off, I try not to read the "what boat to buy?" threads. They are full of qualifications and really don't contain much useful information on the whole. Secondly, I am both curious and trying to verify to myself that the age of the boat really doesn't matter as long as it has been cared for. There are a ton of great older boats out there that may scare off prospective buyers because of there age. I see these boats as a possible deal when I finally move ahead and buy. This thread is already confirming my suspicions that as long as you care for her, the age of a boat is really very trivial. The poll is already bearing that out.

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Re: How Old's Your Ride?

Ours is old enough that I can now start pimping it out...
The dodger, sailcover and bimini were the first part in a blue and black design...(and check out the tinted windows in the dodger)... the next will be of the sails and thinking carbon kevlar, or some other trick fabric...
designing the graphics for the topsides, and thinking of building the motor with a few hundred HP more..
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