This boat is a near sistership to Robin Lee Graham's Dove that he sailed 3/4 the way around the world in the sixties. The only differance being the raised deck
of the Gladiator verses the trunk cabin
of the L 24. The hull
is the same.
At that price
I am guessing that the boat may need some work. The hulls on many of these boats of this vintage are solidly built. From a structural standpoint the deck
would be my main area of concern on a boat this old. Water
leaking in around fittings causing the deck core
. Tapping with a small hammer or a large screwdriver handle will usually reveal this. The rotten area will sound dull and mushy compared to a solid area. Small localized areas can be repairable but if it is extensive consider another boat. Make sure the bulkheads are still well tabbed to the hull
. You say this is your first boat so I don't know your level of knowledge but it would be nice if you had an experienced friend to take along to help determine if the sails
and rig are sevicable.